UNFPA provides assistance to flood affected people

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has allocated on Friday US$96.000 for its response to floods in Jakarta and surrounding areas. As its immediate assistance, UNFPA sends today 800 of 8300 various personal hygiene kits for distribution to heavily affected people in temporary settlements scattered across the capital.

The personal hygiene kits will be distributed through the Crisis Management Centre organized by the Department of Health.

Specially designed for specific target groups, the kits consist of 1600 personal hygiene kits for pregnant women, 1550 kits for women after childbirth and 1500 kits for newborns and 3650 for women at reproductive age (15-49 year old). The hygiene kit for women at reproductive age consists of shirt, underwear, sanitary napkin and bathing items, among others. These specific groups have specific needs that are often neglected in times of crisis and failures to meet these needs can compromise their overall wellbeing.

“Currently UNFPA is in close coordination with the Ministry of Health, assessing reproductive health needs for affected Jakartans,” said Dr. Zahidul Huque, UNFPA Representative in Indonesia.

The flood that inundates parts of Jakarta and greater Jakarta area in the past 7 days has claimed the lives of 52 people and according to flood information center “Posko Banjir DKI Jakarta”, forced around 386,678 people to seek shelters in nearby temporary settlements. While the water starts receding since Wednesday, community members are told to remain alert for possible upcoming floods as the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency predicts that heavy rains will continue over the next few days.

For further information, please contact:

Rosilawati Anggraini
Humanitarian Officer
HP: 0812 1068 332

Maria Endah Hulupi
Communications Officer
HP: 0812 1115 116

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