Indonesia: Jakarta Floods - Information Bulletin n° 5


This bulletin is being issued for information only. The Indonesian Red Cross Society (Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI), with the support of the Federation, has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The Situation

Heavy rains in the first week of February 2007 caused massive flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, affecting more than 340,000 people, damaging public utilities and disrupting livelihoods. All five districts of Jakarta were affected by the flooding as well as Tangerang and Bekasi, two cities close to Jakarta.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

In response to the flooding, the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) established field kitchens in the affected areas, each operated by their respective PMI branches. Collectively, the field kitchens have served approximately 35,000 people per day. Additionally, they have distributed relief items including 11,800 food kits, 2,000 boxes of mineral water bottles, as well as milk and noodles which were donated by local businesses. In terms of non-food items, PMI has distributed over 16,000 hygiene kits, 4,300 baby kits, 4,300 sleeping mats, 19,096 sleeping mats, 10,500 sarongs, 36 plastic rolls, more than 6,000 tarpaulins and more than 18,000 house cleaning kits.

Anticipating water-borne diseases, PMI deployed their medical action team who have in total provided health services to 11,645 patients in 34 villages, with main complaints being diarrhoea and skin infections. The PMI water and sanitation team from Bandung was also mobilized, equipped with two water tankers and 15 bladders. About 832,000 litres of water were delivered to 13,895 persons, and 123,900 water purification tablets were distributed.

At the close of the flood response operation, as mentioned in the last information bulletin issued on 26 September 2007, the procurement of relief items to replenish the PMI warehouse stock was completed before the extended operational timeframe. As a result, PMI has now pre-positioned stock comprising 10,000 hygiene kits, 5,000 baby kits, 7,000 sleeping mats, 7,000 tarpaulins, 12 field kitchen sets and 12 sets of platoon tents stored at the central warehouse in Jakarta. These replenishments were made possible with contributions from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Australian Red Cross and New Zealand Red Cross.

With the completion of the replenishment process, this information bulletin will be the last to report on updates of the operation.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

The International Federation's activities are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

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

Federation country delegation in Indonesia: Bob McKerrow (head of delegation); email:; mobile: +62.811.824.859; fax: +62.21.7918.0905,

Federation secretariat in Geneva: Christine South, (Asia Pacific OCT), email:; phone: +41 22 730 4529; mobile: +41 79 308 9824

Federation regional office in Bangkok: Michael Annear, (regional disaster management delegate), email:; phone +66.81 753 9598

Asia Pacific Zone office in Kuala Lumpur: Amy Gaver (disaster management delegate), email:; phone: + 60 3 2161 0892, fax: +60 3 2161 1210, mobile +60 12 220 1174