Commonwealth Life Contributes in Saving Flood Victims' Lives

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Jakarta, 21 January 2013 - Commonwealth Life, represented by Simon Bennet as its President Director, has generously committed a donation of 50 million rupiah to UNICEF Indonesia in order to aid the flood victims of Jakarta and its surrounding area.

A life insurance services provider, Commonwealth Life has been a high-value strategic partner for UNICEF Indonesia in striving for children’s rights since 2005, through various activities ranging from fundraising events, sponsorships, as well as direct donation for UNICEF’s causes.

Over the past several days, Jakarta and outlying areas have experienced torrential rains. Since early Wednesday, 16 January, rivers started to overflow causing widespread flooding in the Jakarta area.

Thousands of houses, buildings, roads have been flooded. The Provincial Agency for Disaster Management (BPBD) DKI Jakarta reported that as of 18 January, the flood affected 97,608 families or 248,846 people - of which approximately 80,000 are children.

The government of Indonesia has indicated that the emergency response phase will continue through 27 January 2013.

In response to this state of emergency, UNICEF is supporting water and sanitation needs by distributing 2,500 family hygiene kits and jerry cans, including 'LifeStraw Family' water filters. UNICEF is also preparing to distribute education kits in order to allow children to keep going to school. With the government, a child friendly space in Pancoran area has been identified.

UNICEF emergency team is still closely monitoring the situation, and preparing additional help for affected children and families on the ground as needed.