The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 03/29/2009 9:51 AM
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has since Saturday provided Situ Gintung flash flood victims with clean water, setting up eight makeshift faucets with access to 10,000 liters of water in Cireundeu, South Tangerang, kompas.com reported on Sunday.
"The water container and faucets are placed at a basketball court near the entrance of the Ahmad Dahlan School of Economics. This is to support residents and volunteers alike in sanitation measures," PMI's Water and Sanitation (Watsan) team coordinator Ersan said.
Ersan said 13 Watsan volunteers were able to mobilize water from the State Islamic Institute.
"To anticipate the scarcity of clean water, we've also cooperated with the Pondok Indah drinking water company (PAM) to provide assistance in providing clean water," PMI field coordinator Kristiansyah said.
Meanwhile, PMI continues to help residents rehabilitate the scene.
"A mini truck and excavator arrived Friday evening to help us rehabilitate the disaster area and clean up the flood remains," Kristiansyah said.
Early Friday morning an inland tsunami caused by a wall of water gushing from a collapsed sluice gate at the 21-hectare Situ Gintung Lake had caused the death of no less than 70 residents, many of whom were children.
The sluice gate reportedly collapsed after it failed to contained water from incessant downpour that occurred throughout the day. (amr)