• Short Summary

    EAST JAVA, THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF INDONESIA, HAS BEEN SEVERELY HIT BY FLOODS FOLLOWING TORRENTIAL RAINS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

  • Description

    EAST JAVA, THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF INDONESIA, HAS BEEN SEVERELY HIT BY FLOODS FOLLOWING TORRENTIAL RAINS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE ARE FEARED TO HAVE DIED AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO BE EVACUATED.

    AGENCY REPORTS LAST WEEK PUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EVACUATED AT 81,000 AND FOUR CHILDREN WERE KNOWN TO BE AMONG THE DEAD.

    IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 5,000 HOUSES HAD BEEN DESTROYED AND MORE THAN 10,000 HEAD OF SHEEP AND CATTLE HAD PERISHED IN THE WORST FLOODING EAST JAVA HAD EVER KNOWN.

    FORTUNATELY, MOST OF THE HOUSES IN THE AREA ARE BUILT ON STILTS, BUT EVEN SOME OF THESE WERE UNABLE TO WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE OF THE WATERS. THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE FLOODING WAS THE BURSTING OF A BIG DAM ON THE SOLO RIVER.

    BOATS, RAFTS AND CANOES WERE IN CONSTANT USE TO FERRY THE HOMELESS TO HIGHER GROUND. MANY OF THE REFUGEES WERE BEING TEMPORARILY HOUSED IN TENTS, SCHOOLS, FACTORIES AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL OF SURABAJA. OTHERS, LESS FORTUNATE, MADE THEIR BEDS IN RAILWAY TRUCKS OR SOMETIMES UNDERNEATH THEM.

    THE EAST JAVA GOVERNOR, MOHAMMAD NOOR, HAS CALLED FOR MORE RELIEF AID AND URGED THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE THE FLOODS A NATIONAL DISASTER. THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY SENT MEDICAL AID, FOOD AND CLOTHING TO THE VICTIMS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XRKBKNLH5D9VXGQS0XABB8Z3
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XRKBKNLH5D9VXGQS0XABB8Z3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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