OCHA Field Situation Report 4

Indonesia Floods
JABODETABEK (Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi)
Affected Areas

7 February 2007
This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

I. SITUATION

1. Flood waters receded in parts of JABODETABEK, but huge areas remained submerged. Some displaced people have started to return and clean up their homes, while others remain in alternate shelters as their residential areas are still flooded. The Public Works agency is still pumping out water from flooded underpasses, but some main roads are now accessible. The state electricity company PT PLN will restore normal power supply within one week. As of 6 February, 1,050 electrical relay stations are still not functioning. Communities remain alert to possible upcoming floods as BMG predicts that heavy rains will continue over the next few days.

2. Local media reported that based on the latest data from Floods POSKO DKI Jakarta, the number of IDPs in Jakarta has reached 386,678 people. Meanwhile, media reports for the death toll as a consequence of the floods vary between 41 and 54 people, based on differing sources (Police, Ministry of Health and Floods POSKO DKI Jakarta). BAKORNAS PB has not issued other official figures as those posted yesterday.

II. NATIONAL RESPONSE

3. PMI has deployed seven of its specialized rapid response teams, SATGANA, and around 470 volunteers, to affected areas. PMI has been actively involved in rescue and evacuation operations over the past few days, and in setting up temporary shelters and field kitchens. The volunteers and staff are providing meals to nearly 35,000 people per day, and distributing relief goods. There are plans to target up to 9,500 families with the provision of supplementary food packets and hygiene items. A drinking water distribution operation is also planned as is the mobilization of five medical action teams to provide support to affected communities. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) assists PMI in the planning and coordination with other international organizations. IFRC has also transferred 2,5000 kits containing hygiene items from its warehouse in Yogyakarta to Jakarta for further distribution.

4. To anticipate possible upcoming floods, local media reports that the provincial government of Jakarta is preparing six large evacuation POSKOs in Parkir Timur Senayan – Central Jakarta; Tebet Sub-district Office and Police Advance Academy in South Jakarta; Gen. Urip Square in East Jakarta; Cilincing Sub-district Office in North Jakarta and Daan Mogot Baru Square in West Jakarta. POSKOs will be complemented with emergency tents, public kitchen and health posts.

III. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

5. The Government of Japan has provided emergency relief assistance valued at 15 million yen to help flood-affected communities, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The assistance consisted of emergency goods which were delivered to flood victims in Jakarta with the following detail: 2,000 units of blankets, 240 units of sleeping mattresses, 410 units of plastic rolls and 240 units of polyester tanks.

6. The New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) is providing NZ$ 100,000 (around Rp 640 million). This funding will be channeled to PMI through the New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC) and the IFRC.

7. The Government of Australia is providing A$150,000 to help survivors of extensive flooding in and around Jakarta. The contribution to be distributed in affected areas through PMI consists of 5,000 emergency food parcels and 5,000 hygiene kits. Other high priority items such as drinking water and sleeping mats will also be provided.

8. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) have been involved in a direct aid intervention. 600,000 Swiss francs are to be donated for drinking water and medicines. Further to initial measures, the SDC and SRC are to undertake a joint relief operation, which aims to support PMI with logistics, purchase and distribution of hygiene kits and food parcels, and the supply of drinking water. 100,000 Swiss francs have been earmarked for this operation which is to be carried out by SRC and PMI.

9. Save the Children-UK (SC-UK) has sent urgently needed relief items to Jakarta from its warehouse in Yogyakarta. Supplies include 2,000 tarpaulins to help provide temporary shelter for children and their families, and around 450 kits containing basic household and hygiene supplies like pots and pans, soap and washing powder. SC-UK also supports its partner organisations in Jakarta, Yayasan Aulia and Yayasan Sanggar Anak Akar, with the provision of food supplies to keep community kitchens running in some of the worst affected areas of North and East Jakarta. SC-UK has procured 7,200 kilograms of rice, 11,840 packets of noodles, 4,500 liters of drinking water and 464 liters of vegetable oil. These supplies will be distributed over the next two days in East Jakarta specifically in Pedongkelan, Pengarengan, Capinang Besar Selatan, Tugum Tanah Merah Atas and Tanah Bawah.

10. Mercy Corps has distributed 1,200 hygiene kits to flood affected families in Jakarta, including areas of Kapuk Muara North Jakarta, Pejagalan North Jakarta, and Kemang South Jakarta. Mercy Corps estimates that these 1,200 hygiene kits benefit approximately 6,000 individuals. More assessments are taking place today, which will be the basis for additional assistance in upcoming days.

11. World Vision Indonesia, partnering with Wahana Visi Indonesia continue to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the flood in 11 sub-districts in East Jakarta and 3 sub-districts in North Jakarta. The packages of non-food items, food items, and baby kits were distributed to 7,553 households, and packages of medicines, clean water and lightings were distributed to 25 posts in those areas.

12. Islamic Relief is planning to distribute blankets, basic food items, hygiene kits and cleaning kits to 1,000 people in Cipinang Melayu, East Jakarta. The distribution is scheduled from 7 to 10 February.

13. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has dispatched an emergency response team and has distributed food packets to 900 displaced families in Kapuk, West Jakarta and Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta. Additional response includes distribution of bedding kits and household kits. A medical team will be activated in the coming days to address any emerging health issues resulting from the flooding.

14. Tzu Chi Foundation has distributed 3,584 packages of biscuits, 3,684 bottles of mineral water, 75 packages of rice (20 kg each), and 150 boxes of instant noodles to affected communities in East, West and North Jakarta. In addition, 5,000 packages of hot meals, 1,000 boxes of instant noodles, 1,000 blankets, biscuits and mineral water have also been distributed. Tzu Chi has also provided noodles and 10,000 kg of rice to public kitchens in evacuation centers.

15. As a response to the Deputy Minister of Social Welfares formal request for food assistance, WFP will provide 3.42 metric tons of noodles and biscuits for Tangerang area through MENKOKESRA. The Government has requested possible assistance for two other locations Bekasi and Cempaka Putih and has, as of 7 February, dispatched 47 trucks across Jakarta for food delivery. WFP remains on standby for further assistance to those areas and is assisting the government on an ad hoc basis.

16. UNICEF, WHO and FAO attended a coordination meeting at the Ministry of Health. As a response to a formal request from the government, UNICEF and WHO will support the measles campaign that will start on 13 February in IDP locations. UNICEF is also expecting a formal request from the Public Works Department on the needs of water bladders and purification tablets.

For detailed information please contact:

Fernando Hesse
UN RC/HC Office Jakarta
Tel. 62 21 314 1308
Fax. 62 21 319 00 003
Mobile 62 812 108 7276

Laksmita Noviera
UN RC/HC Office Jakarta
Tel. 62 21 314 1308
Fax. 62 21 319 00 003
Mobile 62 811 840 820