INTRODUCTION: Both Indonesia and the Philippines have suffered severe natural disaster during the last week (27-30 December).
GV (MUTE) Flooded road. Djakarta.
GV Flooded street with clothing on lines to dry.
GV (MUTE) Floodwater outside house and clothes on line.
GV (MUTE) Children playing in flood water and flooded streets. (3 SHOTS)
GV (MUTE) Cars moving slowly down flooded roads.
GVs Oil depot with tankers lined up and people moving through water. (3 SHOTS)
GVs (MUTE) Belongings laid out in street to dry. (2 SHOTS)
GV (MUTE) Wrecked houses (Philippines) and floodwater. (2 SHOTS)
SV (MUTE) Soldier in rubble-strewn area.)
GV & SV (MUTE) People outside in Northern Samar, (2 SHOTS)
GV Relief worker unloading supplies from truck.
SV People eating outside office.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Both Indonesia and the Philippines have suffered severe natural disaster during the last week (27-30 December). In Indonesia, large areas of the capital Djakarta are under water as flood water rises. In the Philippines, Typhoon Lee has swept through the central area of the islands, leaving a trail of devastation.
SYNOPSIS: Djakarta, the Indonesian capital. At least nine people have died and almost 200,000 have been evacuated from their homes. Low-lying areas of the city were under water, and troubles were aggravated by the rising sea level.
Children played in the floodwater, and residents strung clothes on lines above the water level to dry. The water rose as high as three metres i some places, with their levels later receding slowly.
Officials in the city said the floods would get worse if the rain continued. In East Djakarta, the Pertamina Petroleum Complex was under water. Tankers were standing idle and petrol was in short supply in the city. The depot was completely isolated.
The Indonesian Army has been alerted to help police and civilian authorities to evacuate residents. Many of the people left their homes in rubber rafts. They have laid their belongings out in dry streets hoping that some could be saved.
In the Philippines, the typhoon named Lee has swept through the central area of the country. Thousands of homes have been damaged, and several people have died.
The worst hit area was Northern Samar, where more than half the house of the capital, Catarman, were badly damaged. At first, the number of dead was not known. The typhoon was the first for several years to strike in December.
Relief work in Samar began swiftly, with an office set-up to co-ordinate supplies.