Kasihan Jakarta

Not to jump on the bandwagon, but could this be another sign of global warming? The effects of the rainy season on Jakarta, Indonesia, are well known and even accepted with a heavy sigh by its residents, but the scale is not usually this bad. As of today, at least 400,000 people have been displaced within the city alone. I just hope that my friends there are ok. 

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 Here is an email that was sent out from the American Embassy in Indonesia (apparently they recognize something besides “radical terrorists” as a threat to US citizens…).

U.S. Embassy Jakarta
Warden Message
February 5, 2007

The U.S. Embassy informs Americans in Indonesia that several days of heavy
rains have caused widespread flooding in and around Jakarta.  As of February 5,
2007, more than 400,000 people have been left homeless by flooding.  Traffic in
metropolitan Jakarta and on access roads into Jakarta has been seriously
disrupted.  Landline and cellular telephone connections are disrupted in many
parts of the city.  Power outages are widespread.  Indonesian government
meteorologists predict continued heavy rainfall over the next several days and
sporadic heavy rains continuing until early March.

The Embassy urges Americans residing in Jakarta to take necessary precautions
to deal with the flood emergency.  Non-essential travel around the city should
be curtailed.  It is prudent to monitor local news reports frequently, and to
consult with Indonesian friends and colleagues concerning accessibility of
roads for essential travel.  Americans should keep adequate supplies of
non-perishable food, drinking water, flashlights and batteries, and candles and
matches in their homes.  Those needing prescription medicines should keep
adequate supplies on hand in case access to shopping or delivery of supplies to
pharmacies is interrupted.

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