Indonesia: Floods DREF operation n° MDRID007

CHF 339,096 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 25,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Indonesia is currently in the middle of the wettest period of the rainy season. A ten day emergency period was announced for Jakarta starting 17 January 2013 as flooding inundated thousands of homes and brought traffic to a standstill in the city of 9.6 million people. At its peak the floods immersed more than 97,000 homes and affected almost 250,000 people. Businesses were disrupted; travellers stranded and more than 15,000 people had to be evacuated from low-lying areas of the capital. A total of 34 people have been reported killed while the displaced and affected families have required and are still requiring emergency relief, medical care, drinking water, temporary shelter, cooked meals and many other basic essentials.

Currently, flood water remains only in some parts of Jakarta, but the government remains on high alert as extreme weather conditions are still expected on the island of Java until mid-February 2013. High tide occurred on 27 January and will occur again on 7 and 24 February. High tide has the potential to cause new flooding in many locations around Jakarta depending on the continuation and intensity of rainfall and the ability of the waterways to drain out to sea.

The Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI) responded immediately to the emergency by providing rescue boats to evacuate stranded people and mobile kitchens for distributing ready cooked meals. Coordinating closely with the local authorities, PMI also mobilized additional volunteers and staff to transport and distribute drinking water, hygiene supplies, mobile medical services and other essential services. As the water has begun to subside, PMI remains engaged in the flood response operation by providing families with basic relief items, drinking water as well as hygiene kits, complemented by hygiene promotion and equipment for environmental sanitation to reduce the risk of water-borne and poor hygiene related diseases. This flood operation is expected to be implemented over two months and will therefore be completed by 30 March 2013. A final report will be issued three months after the end of the operation i.e. 30 June 2013.