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Flood survivors take on Jakarta administration in class action lawsuit

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /  06:28 pm
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Representatives from the 2020 Jakarta Flood Victims Advocacy Team file a class action lawsuit with the Central Jakarta District Court on Monday. Some 243 flood victims filed complaints against the Jakarta governor for his administration's failure to anticipate the severe flooding that hit Greater Jakarta over New Year, which caused Rp 43 billion (US$ 3.13 million) in damage. The massive floods in Greater Jakarta and Banten claimed at least 60 lives and displaced thousands of people. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

During the massive flooding that swept Jakarta over the New Year, Suminem Patmoswito, 60, lost hundreds of millions of rupiah worth of valuables, quite apart from the loss of income from not being able to operate her small grocery stall after her house in Pesanggrahan, South Jakarta was submerged by floodwater.   Suminem had to flee to her rooftop where she did not eat for an entire day because help was not available. She distributed what food she had among her neighbors using make-shift equipment as it was impossible for her to get around the streets of the flooded neighborhood. A little over a week after the disaster struck, she stood as a representative of South Jakarta’s flood victims along with the 2020 Jakarta Flood Victims Advocacy Team and four other victims, each representing one of Jakarta’s regions, to file a class action lawsuit against the Jakarta admi...