Evacuation Process in East Jakarta Continues

Flood inundated a number of areas in East Jakarta, especially areas crossed by rivers. The flood that happened due to the heavy rain from Monday (2/24) night to Tuesday (2/25) morning has even reached the second floor of the houses.

The flood in Cipinang Muara reached the second floor of the houses (ACTNews).

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Flood has drowned several areas in East Jakarta, especially areas that are crossed by rivers. The overflow of the water was caused by the rain that occurred since Monday (2/24) night until Tuesday (2/25) this morning.

One of these areas was Cipinang Muara, Jatinegara Subdistrict, East Jakarta. The water reached the height of an adult's chest. Aan, a resident, said that the water had started to rise since 3 o'clock in the morning.

"Since 3 o'clock in the morning, the water has continued to rise and the residents have been evacuated. There hasn’t been any aid that reaches this place. There are 250 people here affected by the flood, "said Aan.

Rifqi Zulhilmi, an Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteer at the location said, the evacuation was carried out by the Public Facilities Handling Officer (PPSU) using rubber tires because the rubber boat can’t pass through the road. The Residents temporarily escaped to highways and higher places.


One of the affected schools in the Cipinang Melayu region. (ACTNews)

"Many residents have been evacuated and, Alhamdulillah, there are babies, parents and elderlies who have been rescued," said Rifqi.

The Disaster Emergency Response (DER) team evacuated residents in Cipinang Melayu Village, East Jakarta, located only 17 minutes away from Cipinang Muara. The team used rubber boats to evacuate the residents.

Another location in East Jakarta affected by the flooding was Bidara Cina Urban Village. The flood got into the houses up to the 2nd floor. The electricity was turned off to avoid a short circuit.

"I don't know how high it is, but in some of the houses, the water goes up to the 2nd floor. The electricity has also been cut off since this morning. Hopefully, the water will not rise again because the residents have started cleaning up their belongings," said Wulan Juli Ariyani, an ACT employee at the location.

The DER – ACT team has also been on standby at Bidara Cina to respond to the needs of the community. Until now, ACT has opened a national command post at the ACT Supporting Office in Ciputat and 15 regional command posts in a number of points in Jakarta Metropolitan Area to assist the community during the flood. []