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Oxfam assists communities affected by Jakarta floods

International agency Oxfam has started its response to help people affected by flooding in the greater Jakarta area since February 1, 2007.

It is estimated that more than 300,000 people have been left homeless after days of torrential rain that killed at least 25 people, according to Government sources. The devastation caused by the flooding has been the worst in five years.

“Although the water levels are now receding, there is still a high risk of outbreak of diseases and diarrhoea. We need to act quickly to ensure that people have safe water sources and that those who have not yet been reached receive much needed assistance,” said David Macdonald, Oxfam’s spokesperson in Indonesia.

Oxfam, in collaboration with its local partners Bahari and LPTP, are quickly putting together an emergency assistance programme aiming to aid about 30,000 people in the Jakarta and Tangerang areas.

“To add value to the government’s intervention, Oxfam and partners will focus on providing assistance to areas where people have received little or no help to date,” Macdonald added.

Oxfam will distribute the following relief assistance:

· Emergency water supply for about 30,000 people / 6000 households

· Emergency latrines, either mobile or public

· 6000 hygiene kits

· 30,000 sarongs and 6000 sheets of plastic

· Dignity kits (women & men’s underwear & bras)

The distribution of these items is expected to begin this weekend. The initial project will be carried out in 6-8 weeks. Oxfam is currently assessing the medium term needs of communities and may extend its initial programme to address these needs.

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