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January 18, 2013

Australian Foreign Minister expressed concern over the Jakarta floods

 Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr
Expressed concern  over the Jakarta Floods

Jakarta Floods
I have today spoken with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa regarding devastation caused by severe flooding in Jakarta, which has resulted in at least 5 deaths and the evacuation of 20,000 people.
I expressed condolences on behalf of Australia for the families and friends of those killed in the floods, and support for Indonesia’s Government as it responds to this emergency.
Australia and Indonesia share common experiences of natural disaster.
Australians would recall Indonesia’s generous assistance in the aftermath of the Queensland floods, including through the offer of $US1 million for disaster relief.
I made clear that Australia – through our Embassy in Jakarta - stood ready to assist in the flood relief effort, should this be requested.
Released on 18 January 2013
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

 Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr was the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history.
He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003 securing an historic third four-year term.
He retired from politics in 2005 after over 10 years as Premier.
In March 2012 he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia's Foreign Minister. He was elected to the Australian Senate to fill a casual Senate vacancy and sworn in to the Senate and Cabinet on March 13, 2012.

The Capital of Indonesia, Jakarta,  has been  declared in a state of emergency until Jan. 27,2013
to see the affected areas click the link below  

Flood prone and inundated areas in Jakarta 2013 

As residents of Jakarta prepared for the worst, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) formed two response teams, according to BNPB chief Syamsul Maarif.

The first team, led by the Public Works Ministry’s directorate for rivers and beaches, will handle problems associated the city’s rivers. The team’s principal task is repairing the damage to the 50-meter section of the West Flood Canal that collapsed on Thursday.

After the canal collapsed near Jl. Latuharhari in Menteng, Central Jakarta, floods inundated nearby railway tracks, Jl. Teluk Betung and the major thoroughfares of the Sudirman Central Business District, Jl. Jend. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin.

Meanwhile, the second team, led by the BNPB’s disaster mitigation and logistics divisions, will aid those displaced by the flood. “The second team has set up 20 soup kitchens and distributed more than 30,000 blankets and 15,000 mats,” Syamsul said.

The evacuees would require 372 tons of rice in coming days, 200 tons of which have been secured.

According to the agency, as of Saturday ,January 19th. 2013, there have been 102 sub-districts identified to be inundated. More than 97,000 families and almost 250,000 people have been affected and more than 18,000 people have been evacuated. Twelve people have died in flood-related incidents in Jakarta, bringing the flood death toll in Greater Jakarta to 20.

The UOB Plaza has four underground floors which have been heavily  inundated with water due to the collapsed dyke at latuharhary, Menteng.  Reportedly some flood victims got trapped at the flooded basement of UOB Plaza at MH Thamrin Nine  Jakarta,. which covers a total area of 5,000 square meters. The first underground floor is five-meters high, while the other three floors are four-meters high each.

UOB Plaza's management hope only four people were trapped and no more casualties are there. SAR Team, however, continued the search because hundreds of luxury cars were reportedly trapped at the basement since Thursday.

Heavy floods still affect , Otista, kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, Aesemka Glodok (60cm) Muara Karang, , Muara Baru ( 1.2 - 2 meter ), Teluk Gong ( 1 - 1.5  meter ),  and also in the upscale areas, the luxury landed residential properties such as  Pantai Mutiara (3 meters), Pluit Samudera (1.8 meters), Pluit Murni and Pluit Permai (2 meters), Pluit Utara (1.8 meters), Pluit Barat (1.6 meters), and Pluit Kencana (2 meters). “In the meantime, joint personnel from SAR, TNI, Satpol PP, Penjaringan Sector Police, and North Jakarta Fire and Disaster Handling Sub-Department are evacuating thousands of residents because the water was getting higher,” he said on Saturday in North Jakarta 
Amid the heavy downpour and chilly night Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo along with his wife and entourage, was visiting the area inhabited by 4,600 people being affected by the recent floods in East Pejaten,Jakarta Heavy Flooding in Jakarta 2013
The most devastating floods that  have  inundated  most of Jakarta areas since 2007 are expected to get even worse when the city is buffeted by monsoon rains this weekend, according to officials.

Heavy flooding in Jakarta this week has killed 11 people, driven thousands more from their homes and paralyzed large parts of the city.
Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono announced on Thursday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had raised the emergency level for Jakarta to “alert” (siaga), the highest level.

Afterwards, The Jakarta Governor Jokowi declared a state of emergency in the capital until Jan. 27, being resolved to take the necessary actions to prevent flooding after the current situation was under control.

The governor said that the emergency decree gave the administration the authority to make quick decisions. “We can, for example, hold a procurement without having to go through the tender process.”

Jakarta was paralyzed on Thursday after a prolonged downpour caused the Ciliwung River to overflow, leading to massive flooding that inundated the capital’s main thoroughfares and landmarks, halted traffic and brought public services to a halt.

The intense rainfall, according to the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), was attributed to the arrival of the Asian monsoon, which is expected to affect many parts of the nation over the next three days.

Mulyono Prabowo, meteorology publication chief at the BMKG, was forecasting medium to heavy rain at night until Saturday, with the potential for more intense storms in the week ahead.

 “The warning level will remain elevated until conditions improve in Jakarta,” Agung  further told reporters after a meeting at Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s office with officials from relevant ministries and state agencies.

“Current weather reports say the  weather may be going to fly  into a rage  for the next few days. We need to keep our eyes open,” Agung added.

The alert status authorizes the central government and city administration to take maximum measures to assist flood victims, including the deployment of the police and the Indonesian Military (TNI).

“The central government and the city administration assure the people that we will be able to deal with the disaster,” Agung said.


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