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Evacuees struggle in shelters as floodwaters remain high in Tangerang district

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  12:27 pm
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Residents wade through the water in the flood-stricken Total Persada housing complex in Tangerang, Banten on Feb. 6.(JP/Galih Gumelar)

Lina, a 56-year-old housewife, relocated herself to a shelter as floodwaters as high as an adult's waist hit her house in Tangerang municipality in Banten. But the situation remained a challenge for the widow who lives by herself. Cold and hunger struck as she claimed that the Tangerang administration that set up the emergency posts were always late in delivering food. She joined dozens of other affected residents in the flood evacuation center in Persada Sports Arena in Tangerang. They fled from their houses in the heavily inundated Total Persada Housing Complex in Gembor subdistrict after heavy rains forced the nearby Kali Ledug River to overflow and break the embankment that held back the water on Monday after the flooding started over the weekend. The flooding affected 1,493 families in six community units (RW) in the subdistrict. Most of the residents had evacuated imme...