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Flood victims file class action lawsuit

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  01:26 am

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 administration for fail...