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Jakarta has been under water for the past two days. Many predicts up to 40% of areas are flooded, in the city of over 10 million. It's surrounding satellite city of Tangerang and Bekasi is also experiencing the disaster. The water varies from 1 foot to 10 feet high in several areas as of the reports on February 3, 2007.. HOPE worldwide Indonesia's clinic is also under water just like the houses of many of our staffs and volunteers. It is estimated that in a few hours more water are coming down from the mountains of West Java to the metropolitan areas.

Many roads are flooded, while the remaining roads are experiencing super traffic. Many were stuck for 5 to 10 hours on the road.

In 1996 & 2002, the big flood also poured into the capital of Indonesia,  and it took almost 1 months to decrease. HOPE worldwide Indonesia is trying to organize a disaster relief effort. Below is our rapid assessment of the need:

- Rubber Boats for evacuation to safer areas. Trucks are not able to access many areas.

- Food & Water supplies. A big rush has taken place since yesterday in groceries stores, while the distribution channel will be cut off for at least another week.

- Medical supplies & services. Skin problems, diarrhea, typhoid, cholera outbreak are possible. Not to mention the Dengue Fever has been rampant in the last few weeks in the city.

- Home Repairs.  As water to be reduced, there will be a need for home repairing for many families.

As for my family, we are lucky enough this year as our house is not flooded like in 2002. However, we are watchful for the possibilities of water to raise.

HOPE worldwide Indonesia has kept a small amount of medicines, food, and water while we are inventorying our capacity to act as many our staff and volunteers are in need of relief as well. Flooding presents a different challenge compared to earthquake and other natural disasters. Many volunteers have been active in helping their families and friends, but not
enough at this point.

Sixth Day of Jakarta Flood Disaster Relief went well. The water went up quiet high the night before, affecting more areas. We are still cut off from our office (which is on 7th floor safe from water), and created the crisis center in my house in Ancol, North Jakarta. 1,000 ready-to-eat meals were distributed (McDonalds and donated rice boxes) as well as 260 bread; Water, instant noodles, blankets, clothes, candles, flashlights were also distributed. Areas covered were Sunter, Tanjung Priok, Ciledug, East Jakarta, Kelapa Gading.

One unit of "Vortex Voyager" portable water filter made the trip and was installed in Pulomas East Jakarta. The unit is capable of turning river water into mineral water at 2 liter per minute, providing an alternative drinking water up to 2,500 liter water per day.

We also assembled 200 "HOPE First Aid Kit" that contains over-the-counter medicines  for families; this is necessary for small wounds, fever, vitamins, diarrhea, skin infections, and coughs. Half were distributed right away. The plan is to assembled up to 700-800 of these kits.

Yesterday 7 teams conducted SAR in Plumpang, Kelapa Gading, Sunter, East Jakarta, Bekasi 1,500 ready-to-eat meals were also distributed, mainly from McDonald's and Breadbox.

Friday morning, Singapore Airline will transport 1,000 lbs of humanitarian aid for the flood victims. We look forward for the assistance.

Thank you for  all the supports! Please keep the victims in your prayers as the risk has not decrease yet. We would not be surprised if the water will take up to 2 weeks to dry.

Fourth day of Jakarta Flood.

HOPE worldwide volunteers, staff , board members are on the field trying to rescue friends, fellow volunteers, and families. There were at least 10 SAR (Search And Rescue) teams that went to areas such as: Plumpang, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Timur, Cengkareng, Kapuk, Pluit, Tangerang, Bekasi, and many more. The teams went by foot, by trucks, swimming floats, makeshift rafts from jerry cans or anything they can find. The teams also distributed rice, noodles, water, candles, etc that are necessary for some of the victims to survive for a couple of days.  Temporary shelters are being set up by volunteers in their houses.

As expected, big flow of water arrived today in the 13 rivers of Jakarta from the nearby mountains. Water quickly filled the rivers and streams, impacting more houses. In a road near our Jakarta headquarter, the water quickly filled up to tigh-high (3 feet) within 1 or 2 hours.

Tomorrow, a few other SAR teams are getting ready for another day of helping the needies. Thousands of ready-to-eat meals (danish and cooked rice) are being prepared for distribution, especially for victims that are not being able to be evacuated due to the lack of equipments and vehicles.

Please pray that the SAR teams will keep their safety from the currents and risks as they are trying to bring hope for the flooded ones.

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