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Advocacy teams set to file class action suit as hundreds lodge complaints over deadly floods

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  08:14 am
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Residents start to clean out their flood-impacted houses in Pondok Gede Permai housing area in Jati Asih in Bekasi, West Java on Jan 3, 2020. Residents of the housing complex suffered major losses from the massive flooding that hit on Jan 1. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Hundreds of flood survivors have filed complaints through centers set up by local movements amid efforts to prepare class action against the government and regional administrations to push for compensation and better prevention measures following the severe flooding that impacted thousands of people in Greater Jakarta. Public lawyers grouped under the 2020 Jakarta Flood Victims Advocacy Team, Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation and 2020 Bekasi Flood Victims Advocacy Team each set up their own complaint centers on Jan 6 for flood victims to lodge their complaints and report losses they had suffered. The centers are part of preparation for a class action suit the groups intend to file against their respective administrations over their alleged failure to anticipate the severe flooding. The move came following massive flooding that struck Jakarta and its peripheral areas on the first day ...