ACTNews, JAKARTA - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) launched 10 humanitarian vehicles for the residents affected by the Greater Jakarta Flood at the evacuation post in the Child-Friendly Integrated Space (RPTRA) Permata Intan in the Bidara Cina area, Jatinegara, East Jakarta. In addition to launching the aid vehicles to distribute basic aid in several areas in Jakarta Metropolitan Area, ACT also deployed several humanitarian vehicles like the Humanity Food Truck, Humanity Rice Truck, Humanity Water Truck, and Pre-Hospital Ambulance to help the victims around Bidara Cina.
Humanity Food Truck distributed 1,000 prepared meal packages to the flood-affected residents at the launching event held on Saturday (1/4). In addition, the local residents also received 5 tons of rice from the Humanity Rice Truck. The Pre-Hospital Ambulance and Humanity Water Truck also helped the residents by providing free medical service and clean water.
"We are part of the community, come from the community, and are obliged to help the community. On this occasion, with the support of generous Indonesian people, our humanitarian vehicles and programs are reaching the residents who are currently experiencing difficulties due to the flooding," said Wahyu Novyan as ACT Program Director.
Wahyu hopes that the presence of these humanitarian vehicles can inspire other elements of the community to take part to help others. Thus, their suffering brothers and sisters can recover more quickly from this difficulty.
Bidara Cina residents lining up to get free medical services from ACT Medical Team at the Pre-Hospital Ambulance. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)
"Once again, this is part of our togetherness. We believe that, in any disaster, there are always chances for us to be more grateful. For those who are not affected, the way to be grateful is by helping others," Wahyu said.
East Jakarta Mayor Muhammad Anwar, who attended the launching event, thanked ACT for the assistance. Anwar hoped that this assistance can ease the grief of his disaster-afflicted people.
"I hope that, especially for residents of East Jakarta, those who are wealthy can share to help our brothers and sisters. Many of our brothers and sisters (who are affected by flood) brought nothing but the clothes on their backs. "Let's take a look at them and help them with anything we can do to ease their burden," Anwar said.
Simatupang, one of the flood-affected residents, expressed his gratitude. The first floor of his house was submerged. He admitted that his needs were fulfilled in the RPTRA Permata Intan evacuation post.
"We are grateful for our brothers and sisters from ACT and the volunteers who helped us. Our basic needs are fulfilled in the evacuation site. We have been living in the evacuation site since the first day. Because there is no electricity, we have not been able to light the house and clear the mud off our house," Simatupang said, Saturday (1/4).