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.