In Djakarta, Indonesia, a big slum fire has added another ten thousand people to the city's homeless.
In Djakarta, Indonesia, a big slum fire has added another ten thousand people to the city's homeless. It occurred last Monday (October 11) and the fire fighters were hampered by a lack of water.
SYNOPSIS: A big fire on Monday in Djakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It began in one of the city's slum areas and the pall of smoke which drifted over the capital could be seen for miles. Thousands of slum dwellers had to leave their homes, taking what belongings they could with them.
In all, twelve fire trucks were sent to fight the blaze. They worked at it for several hours but could not prevent the flames from wiping out hundreds of shanties. While firemen worked, some of the slum dwellers tried to return to their homes to save more of their belongings. Some became hysterical when they were restrained from doing so by firemen, police and civil helpers.
One of the problems faced by the firemen was a shortage of water. Much of it had to be syphoned off from a nearby canal -- one of the scores of canals which crisscross the city of Djakarta. Even then, there were problems getting the water to the seat of the blaze.
The people made homeless by the blaze gathered by the canal to watch -- in some cases a lifetime of work and savings up in smoke.
It was later estimated the fire had added another ten thousand people to the list of homeless in Djakarta.