In this episode, we talk about the dramatic flooding that plagued Jakarta and its neighboring cities on New Year’s Day 2020. We give our reactions to the news of the flooding that, as of January 6, has claimed 66 lives and continues to displace hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. There have been reports saying that floodwater reached up to 6m (19 feet) tall in some homes, completely destroying it and, in the process, destroying people’s lives and livelihoods. We discuss responses to this natural disaster, in particular the Jakarta government’s response as led by Governor Anies Baswedan. Many people have criticized the governor for the lack of preparation and poor planning — as well as the significant slash in the budget allocated for flood mitigation — that has led to the city experiencing one of the worst floods in the last twenty years.
Ultimately, when disasters like this strike, it is not those in power nor people like us, who are privileged and have options, that are most impacted — it is the poorest of the poor who are most vulnerable to these situations, and whose lives have been completely turned upside down because of it.
For those who want to donate to flood relief efforts, you can do so here:
- Donate to Flood Relief Efforts through Kitabisa.com
- Donate to Flood Relief Efforts with Aksi Cepat Tanggap
- Donate to Flood Relief Efforts through Gojek
We also want to give a mention to the devastating bushfires in Australia right now — our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by that disaster. You can find out how to help here.
Thanks for listening!