Nidya Desianti and her husband had just finished paying off their mortgage and were excited to start the new year living in their new home in Jakarta.
- At least xxx people have been killed and more than than 35,000 to be evacuated, some of them on inflatable rafts
- Water levels rose to 2 metres high in some parts of Due south-East Asia’s biggest metropolis
- President Joko Widodo said the safety of citizens was a priority
Then, the floods hit.
Heavy rains inundated South-East Asia’s biggest capital city on Wednesday, displacing more than 35,000 people and leaving at least 30 expressionless, according the to the country’s disaster mitigation bureau.
Indonesian media reported some of the expressionless were electrocuted, while others drowned, were killed in landslides or died of hypothermia.
Merely later on lunch on New year, Ms Desianti received a text alarm from the Ministry of Advice and Data, telling her to evacuate.
“Nosotros were running outside, merely it was too late since cars couldn’t pass on the road anymore,” she told the ABC.
“I started to panic when the electricity was suddenly cut off and I felt the water kept rising.”
“But I could go nowhere, since outside of our home, the water was already around 2 metres [high].”
She said the water in the basis floor of her new firm was at knee-acme.
Ms Desianti, who is a relative of ABC journalist Erwin Renaldi, was then told a rescue team was on its fashion to evacuate her family unit with nigh 10 other people in a small inflatable boat, merely the wait took effectually two hours.
“It wasn’t a big boat, just a small condom one — my infant was sleeping when nosotros hopped on the boat,” she said.
“She started crying when she was woken upward — her feet got wet when h2o started entering the boat.”
Ms Desianti is now staying with her in-laws and although the water has begun to recede, she has no plan to come up back home anytime presently, as she’s “agape the flood is coming again”.
She doesn’t regret buying a home in the area, in Condet in Djakarta’s east, only knows the expanse suffered from a large flood a decade agone.
“Now nosotros just need to have a meliorate plan to conceptualize if they are come up again,” she said.
Budi Setyowati, a psychologist living in the West Java city of Bogor, about 55 kilometres from Jakarta, said information technology was the first fourth dimension her house had been hit by wink flooding.
Bogor is famously known every bit “the urban center of rain”, simply Ms Setyowati told the ABC that normally she never takes precautions if rains come.
Ms Setyowati said the h2o came into her house very quickly and she had no time to movement her holding.
“It was just terrible, I have never experienced this,” she said.
Merely the situation exterior her abode was even worse, she said, with surrounding houses severely flooded.
“At the moment I can’t go anywhere, the streets are nonetheless flooded, and cars and motorbikes are underwater,” she said.
“The water inside my habitation has receded, only information technology left mud behind. There’due south no water, no electricity, so I tin can’t clean.”
Benny, who like many Indonesians only goes by one proper name, works for Dki jakarta-based charity arrangement Dompet Dhuafa.
He told the ABC their principal focus was on rescuing older people, pregnant women, sick people and those with disabilities.
“They were stranded at domicile and their special needs are not being fulfilled,” Benny said.
“Some of them are paralysed, they couldn’t move, so we need to carry them on our rescue vessels.”
He said the group had also rescued some animals.
“Then far nosotros already helped cats, dogs, and even birds, many of them trapped on the roof or on [electricity] poles.”
“We even constitute a dog who was swimming in the overflowing and we took him in.”
He said a challenge of rescuing people from flooded homes was that many lived in suburban areas with narrow streets, making it difficult for large rescue boats to navigate.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said on Twitter that the areas near severely afflicted past the floods were Krukut, Ciliwung, Cakung and Sunter, and that regime were using pumps, sandbags and water tankers in responding to the emergency.
“In facing floods in many areas of our country, the priority is the safety of citizens,” he said.
“I ordered all relevant agencies to work together to save the people, and to give peace to the people.”