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‘Any help, no matter how small, means a lot’. City unites to assist flood victims

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 4, 2020   /  11:17 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(Antara/Saptono)

Many residential areas are still submerged by standing water after massive flooding hit Greater Jakarta and Lebak, Banten, following heavy downpours of rain in the region from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning, leaving at least 43 people dead. Thousands of residents have fled to makeshift tents and evacuation points and are in need of immediate supplies including medicines, blankets, instant food, drinking water, tents or tarpaulins, pillows, diapers, flashlights and any other emergency items. A number of parties from both the public and private sectors have come together to provide help and raise donations. Central Jakarta resident Kadenza Tamara Indratmo, 25, bought ready-to-eat food for the evacuees on Thursday after independently fundraising for the flood victims through social media together with her coworker Pravithea Adhiatma. “I was inspired by Bu Siti...