Public facilities readied as shelters for Jakarta flood victims

Public facilities readied as shelters for Jakarta flood victims

TransJakarta bus shelter in Kampung Baru serves as a refugees shelter since the operator has stopped bus operations on the route owing to flooding on Wednesday (Jan 1, 2020). ANTARA/HO-PR TransJakarta

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan gave instructions to mayors and heads of sub-districts to prepare evacuation shelters at public facilities, including government offices and schools, for flood victims in the capital city.

"Prepare evacuation shelters for the victims. Ensure that the shelters are ready. All government offices and schools must be ready to serve as refugee shelters," Baswedan remarked after monitored the Manggarai floodgate here on Wednesday.

The governor also ordered to set up a public kitchen.  

"Prepare the public kitchen and health posts as well as ensure that the paramedics are ready," the governor remarked.

All ranks in the Jakarta provincial administration must conduct on-field monitoring of the situation to assist the victims.

"I have instructed all ranks in the Jakarta provincial administration to step in and work under the coordination of the respective heads of villages to save residents," Baswedan stated.

Floods have submerged several areas in Jakarta following torrential rains since Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019.

Among the affected areas are Bendungan Hilir Raya in Central Jakarta, Rasuna Said Street in South Jakarta, Boulevard Street Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, S Parman Street in front of Trisakti University and Tarumanegara University in West Jakarta, and Letjen Suprapto Street in Central Jakarta.
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