ChildFund works with flood-affected families in Jakarta
14 Feb 2007 03:26:00 GMT
Source: ChildFund Australia
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ChildFund teams in Jakarta have been working round the clock to provide children and families with emergency assistance following floods in Indonesia’s capital.
Around 300,000 people have been displaced and 94 killed in Jakarta as a result of extensive flooding throughout the city and surrounding areas. Over 417 Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps have been established to help temporarily house the thousands left homeless after the torrential downpours last week, which are forecast to continue next week. ChildFund projects in East Jakarta, West Jakarta and South Jakarta, as well as in the province of Banten, have been seriously affected by the flood, impacting an estimated 2,235 families supported by ChildFund. ChildFund Indonesia is providing basic food items, including rice, eggs, biscuits, instant milk, cooking oil, bottled water and supplemental food for children under five years to families in the affected project areas. The Indonesian government is also taking action to assess the impact of the flood and is providing food, clean water and medical supplies. The government has plans to set up five large evacuation “tent” centres with facilities for up to 5,000 people. “ChildFund’s project staff in Jakarta are providing essential items to children and families affected by the flooding,” says Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia. “In particular, clean drinking water is becoming increasingly important to help prevent potentially dangerous illnesses in children such as diarrhoea.”