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Indonesia: Jakarta Floods - Information Bulletin n° 3

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In Brief

This Bulletin outlines the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI) operational plan and budget for the Jakarta floods, which the Federation is contributing to. Although no official appeal has been launched, the Federation has activated its financial tracking systems for related contributions in its commitment towards accountability and transparency to stakeholders involved.

The PMI budget stands at CHF 3.95 million (USD 3.16 million or EUR 2.43 million) to assist 25,000 families. The federation commits CHF 538,413 to the PMI operation up to 30 april 2007.

A Final Information Bulletin will be issued after the end of operation with a final financial report that reports on the Federation contribution only.

Operational developments

Unrelenting floods have hit various provinces of Indonesia in three waves. The first wave on 22 December displaced more than 600,000 people across the provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, North Sumatra and Riau on Sumatra island. In the second wave that struck on 1 February 2007, floods left 40 people dead and 400,000 displaced in and around the capital of Jakarta.

In the latest wave to affect Indonesian shores, heavy rains since 26 February have triggered flash floods and landslides in Manggarai district of East Nusa Tenggara province, around 1,500 km east of Jakarta. Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI) quote that there are 28 deaths, with 39 people still reported missing, and 37 homes have collapsed or been washed away.

Rescuers from humanitarian agencies and the government are battling damaged and blocked roads to deliver food relief and medicine. As of 4 March 2007, collapsed roads have held up relief delivery from the district and provincial authorities in Ruteng sub-district and Kupang city. Indeed, some relief workers have been forced to deliver assistance by foot to access cut-off districts. Telecommunication systems in the affected areas are also disrupted. To address some of the logistical issues, the national coordinating board for the management of disaster (BAKORNAS PB) is mobilizing helicopters to better access isolated villages.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Indonesian Red Cross (PMI): Mr. Arifin M. Hadi (acting head of disaster management division); mobile: +62.811.943.952; telephone: +62.21.799.2325 ext. 222; email: arifinmhd@telkom.net

Federation country delegation in Indonesia: Bob McKerrow (head of delegation); email: bob.mckerrow@ifrc.org; mobile: +62.81.182.4859, phone: +62.21.7919.1841 (ext. 107); fax: +62.21.7918.0905.

Federation secretariat in Geneva (Asia Pacific department): Josse Gillijns (regional officer); email: josse.gillijns@ifrc.org ; phone: +44.22.730.4224, fax: +41.22 733.0395 or Priya Nair; email: priya.nair@ifrc.org ; phone: + 44- 22.730.4296.