South Jakarta Floods Recede
On Sunday afternoon the floodwaters reached a peak of two meters, but have already receded by around 50 centimeters, Metro TV reported. Search and Rescue teams are still conducting door-to-door inspections, checking for survivors trapped inside their houses or waiting to be evacuated.
Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo said that 239 families have already been evacuated from their homes.
"The evacuees have found shelter in the homes of neighbors who have been spared from the floods," Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe.
City officials and military officers have also constructed tents, emergency kitchens and health clinics for evacuees.
Meanwhile, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed Vice President Boediono to take immediate action to help the flood survivors.
“I have spoken with the Vice President [about the] flooding in South Jakarta. I have asked him to ask the governor to handle it well,” Yudhoyono said in a press conference at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport before departing to France on Monday.
Yudhoyono will visit France for four days where he will deliver a speech at a UNESCO plenary session and at the G20 Summit.