ACTNews, JAKARTA - Sri Mulyani was extremely saddened by the flood that submerged her residence on the New Year’s Day. The flood has receded since Thursday (1/2) afternoon, reaching as high as an adult’s calf. However, Sri is still worried about the potential heavy rains that can still occur and last for a long time.
The murky, brown water in Sri's house in Bangka Urban Village, Mampang Prapatan Subdistrict, South Jakarta came from a river that flows in that urban village. The river overflowed and flooded the nearby neighborhoods to the height of the roof. "The flood began to occur at 5 a.m. on the New Year’s Day," Sri said to the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team.
Sri did not manage so salvage any of her belongings. The woman from Klaten, Central Java, who has lived in Jakarta for decades said that the arrival of the flood came very quickly. She was shocked because this was the first time she was hit by a massive flood. Previously, Sri witnessed similar flood happened 10 years ago.
On Thursday (1/2) afternoon, Sri and her family were cleaning their house from the remaining mud. Her husband and she disassembled some electronic appliances that were drowned. Sri’s husband had no choice but to accept if these appliances are broken and can no longer be used. "The only things that are still dry are the clothes on our backs. Everything was drowned and wet, including electronic appliances like the TV," she said. Sri and her family evacuated to the side of a nearby road that was not flooded.
Not far from Sri’s house, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) deployed the Humanity Food Truck and Humanity Water Truck to assist the flood victims. On Thursday (1/2), one thousand servings of ready-to-eat meals were distributed to the flood-affected residents in North Kemang and its surrounding areas.
Flooding in the Bangka Urban Village, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta. The day before, the flood had reached the roof of the residents' houses. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)
Humanity Food Truck action coordinator Ryan Andriana Rachman said that the cooking process had been carried out since Thursday morning to provide breakfast for the beneficiaries. They also cook lunch and dinner later that day.
"Assisted by the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia team, the cooking process went smoothly. This afternoon, the distribution of meal packages was assisted by members of Kajian Musawarah, "explained Ryan.
In addition to the Humanity Food Truck, ACT also deployed a Humanity Water Truck to provide clean water for the local residents. "This truck is not only used during the dry season to distribute clean water. During rainy and flood season like now, the Humanity Water Truck is also very useful to provide clean water for the residents to bathe and wash," added Ryan.
Besides in North Kemang, other areas in Jakarta, Tangerang, Depok, Bogor, Bekasi even Lebak were hit by floods and flash floods in early 2020. The ACT Team sent not only food aid but also rescue teams to help evacuate the trapped residents. These teams are spread to various regions. Until Thursday afternoon, the evacuation process was still ongoing in areas that are still submerged in floods.