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Air Force forms task force to help Jakarta`s flood victims

21st February 2017 | 1.723 Views
Air Force forms task force to help Jakarta`s flood victims
A number of vehicles trying to get through the flood that inundated Grogol, West Jakarta, Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2017). High rainfall causes some areas of Jakarta flooded. (ANTARA/Rivan Awal Lingga)
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Air Force Operations Command (Koopsau) I has set up a task force team to help the flood victims in Jakarta and its surrounding areas.

"The flood standby task force team comprises a company of personnel, equipped with inflatable boats, outboard motors, life belts, an ambulance, a helicopter, and other equipment to evacuate flood victims and distribute aid," Koopsau I Commander Rear Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated here on Tuesday.

The task force is led by Koopsau I operations assistant Colonel Syamsul Rizal.

The National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) revealed that at least 54 areas in Jakarta were flooded as of 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, leaving thousands of houses inundated.

"Based on 401 reports from the public regarding floods in and around Jakarta, thousands of houses and roads were flooded," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, chief of the BNPB data and information center and public relations, noted in a written statement released on Tuesday.

The houses and roads were inundated, with floodwaters reaching heights of between 10 and 150 centimeters, he remarked.

Some 11 of the 54 flood-hit areas are in South Jakarta, 29 in East Jakarta, and 14 in North Jakarta, he added.

(Reported by Syaiful Hakim/Uu.S012/KR-BSR/F001)