Money on the way for flood victims in Indonesia

Commission INDONESIA
10 February 2007 – Issue : 716

The European Commission on February 7 said it was sending some 600,000 Euro in emergency aid to help the victims of ongoing floods in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. EU funds will be used to provide some 340,000 most affected people with food, clean water, emergency shelter and health services.

The commission said that it was concerned about epidemic disease outbreaks due to the consumption and usage of contaminated water. More than 73,000 houses were inundated and clean water supplies have been cut to about 500,000 people, it warned. Help projects will be carried out by international humanitarian workers on the ground, the EU executive said.

The EU’s decision came as the death toll from massive floods in Jakarta rose to 44 on February 6 as 12 people were killed in neighbouring Banten and West Java provinces when heavy rains triggered a landslide and flash floods.

The floods began February 1 after torrential monsoon rains submerged up to 75 percent of the city and displaced more than 340,000 people in the greater Jakarta region, where more than 18 million live.