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Flood victims struggle to get back on their feet

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 6, 2020   /  04:07 pm
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Shelter from the storm: Dozens of flood victims occupy a Transjakarta bus shelter in Jembatan Baru, West Jakarta, on Friday. Without access to a proper evacuation center, residents of the Rawa Buaya area said they were forced to use the shelter after their homes were inundated by floodwaters.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

The flooding that hit parts of Greater Jakarta and Lebak, Banten may have receded and Supriyati and her husband can now go home to Jl. H. Marzuki, Kedoya Selatan, West Jakarta. But for the elderly couple, the real work is just beginning: cleaning up the house and discarding the contents of destroyed by water that went as high as chest level.  The 62-year-old woman and 76-year-old man previously stayed in their neighbor’s house on higher land. The couple’s house is across Jl. H. Marzuki beside the Pesanggrahan River, one of 13 streams that pass through the capital city. Locating next to a river, the area has had its fair share of flooding. Even though usually floods only went up to 30 centimeters high and the water levels did not increase so quickly as in the recent flood. “We have no choice but to live here; we don’t have the money to rent a house in...