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Three days on, floods still trap residents in Bekasi, South Jakarta

  • Ardila Syakriah and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Bekasi   /   Sat, January 4, 2020   /  09:31 am
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A search and rescue team uses a rubber boat to rescue flood victims at the Jati Bening Permai housing complex in Bekasi, West Java, on Jan. 1.(Antara/Saptono)

Sofian, 55, eventually returned to his house in the flood-hit Puri Gede Permai housing complex in Jatiasih, Bekasi municipality, West Java, on Friday after he was evacuated to a nearby shelter the previous day. He recalled the long wait for the evacuation that had left him, his wife and two children stranded on the rooftop of their house for hours. The Puri Gede Permai complex is among the most flood-affected areas, with flood water reaching as high as 3 meters on Thursday. "I only got a portion of food for my whole family while waiting to be rescued, so we shared the food," Sofian told The Jakarta Post. He was eventually evacuated at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Sofian, however, might have to wait longer before he can sleep comfortably in his own home. Upon returning to his house, he was welcomed by ankle-deep mud. He hoped to borrow equipment with which to clean hi...