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Flooding in Jakarta;
Christians show God's love
Days of rain bloated rivers until banks burst and floodwaters poured into Jakarta on Friday, Feb. 2. By Sunday, Feb. 4, almost 340,000 residents in a city of 12 million had evacuated their homes and the first media reports of this disaster to reach the United States said water as deep as 12 or 13 feet in some areas of the city had claimed lives as well as possessions.
“Yes, conditions in Jakarta is very bad from 2 February until now,” Climbing For Christ member Max Christopher Tilukay reported on Wednesday, Feb. 7. “Flooding everywhere, including in my parents house — water getting up almost to knee.”
Max said other members of JEJAK were enduring flood conditions. (Many JEJAK members also are members of Climbing For Christ. JEJAK is an Indonesian acronym for “footsteps,” as in “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” — 1 Peter 2:21).
“Some areas the flood up to 1 to 5 meters (more than 3 to more than 16 feet), there is no electricity, and bus and car transportation is temporarily not running,” Max said in an e-mail. “But conditions getting better now.”
Flood waters began receding on Wednesday. But officials warned that more rain could trigger additional flooding.
“Some members (were) using their river-rescue skills to save other people,“ Max Christopher Tilukay said about JEJAK and Climbing For Christ members.
“We hope we can be a candle of God's love through the flooding.”
More heavy rains struck Indonesia's capital on Thursday, hampering clean-up efforts and piling on misery for hundreds of thousands of people camping under makeshift shelters. But an official at the Jakarta Flood Crisis center said the latest flooding was less widespread than in the past week.
The official added that water levels at sluice gates controlling flows into the largely flat, low-lying city had returned to normal in all cases but one.
The death toll from the floods, Jakarta's worst for at least five years, remained at about 50, the official said, with around 230,000 people still displaced.