Skip to comments.Jakarta floods leave hundreds of thousands homeless
Posted on 01/17/2013 12:46:59 AM PST by Morgana
Indonesian disaster authorities have lost count of the number of people who have been left homeless in widespread flooding, but say it could reach the hundreds of thousands.
The centre of Jakarta, including the Presidential Palace, is awash and parts of the Indonesian capital that have never seen flooding before are now underwater.
Yesterday 10,000 people had to flee their homes but hours of heavy downpours overnight and rivers bursting their banks, have added to the problem. Audio: Australia Network's Indonesia correspondent, Helen Brown, speaks to News Radio (ABC News)
Three people have been killed so far in the seasonal chaos and the National Disaster Management Centre says it could affect as many as 350,000 as it did six years ago.
"My home is destroyed - all of it. It's in chaotic piles of mess," resident Umar Dani said through a translator.
He said the flood reached the roof of his house.
The National Disaster Management Centre spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a child was among the two victims swept away in the floods overnight.
"Days of heavy downpours caused the rivers to overflow and triggered floods up to three metres," he said through a translator, adding that rivers in Jakarta had a low capacity to contain the monsoonal rain.
(Excerpt) Read more at abc.net.au ...
Oh, my. I’m trying to feel empathy, but my empathy-bone is out of order. I’ll at least not point out that if it were Israelis, these same people would be dancing in the streets. There. I didn’t say it. That makes me a good person.
I have a friend out there near that area. A good and decent man. I can’t find any trace of recent communications from him. I’ll have to reach out today through contacts.
Janet, I am going to hold up one of these military airlift planes bringing in relief supplies. Now, you and I know this is a picture from last year and Sequestration is about to hit, because I demanded we gut the military deeply so we could spend $200 Billion on unemployment extensions, $80 Billion on Food Stamps, and no reform of Entitlements, but play along for the cameras........OK?
quick, lets cut a check for a $T...or for the same amount they send us for every natural disaster...