Jakarta Flooding


Jakarta, seasonally flood-prone, was recently hit with some of the worst flooding in the history of the city with reports of up to 70% of the city being under water at the peak. Instead of only the poorest of neighborhoods being hit, many very middle-upper class neighborhoods were inundated with up to 1.5 meters of water inside the houses!

A preliminary visit by a team from Yayasan Cakrawala Masa Depan (YCMD) involved bringing cooked food, clothing, cleaning supplies, stoves and day-to-day necessities, as well as a follow up visit to document the greatest need these people and others like them are facing. In a situation like this, we often act in the capacity of middlemen for local businessmen who donate to help in the rehabilitation of such a neighborhood or village.

The following photos are a sampling of the misery and difficulties that residents face. While a good deal of help has already been pledged to help these villages, much is yet to be done.

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This photo captures the despair of the residents whose homes
and meager personal belongings have all been destroyed.
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An unsightly view
matched by horrible smells.
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Everything in this lady's
home was destroyed…
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Meeting with the community elders
to assess the needs.
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Typical village destruction. Normally
the river is at least 1 meter lower.
p10_pic092_02.jpgWet walls and an empty bed
frame are all that is left.
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Standing where this man's
house used to stand.
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This street was under
water a few days before.
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Village resident has rescued
bicycle pump from the debris.