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Indonesia, so far 53 bodies recovered, and 175 thousand inhabitants displaced in Jakarta, environmentalists: ignored the alarm bells
the JAKARTA (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Sale now - you learn from Asianews - the death toll due to violent floods and landslides, which this week hit the region in Jakarta, Indonesia. Agus Wibowo, the spokesman of the national Agency for disaster reduction, reports that the dead recovered are 53 and at least 175 thousand people are displaced. It, have found refuge in camps set up around the disaster area, where the sanitary conditions are to collapse. Meanwhile, activists and environmentalists are denouncing the government of having ignored the warning signals of climate change.

The disaster in a megacity of 30 million people. The rains have begun to fall into a swing on the eve of the new year and in a short time they have flooded the area of the indonesian capital. The metropolitan area of Jakarta is one of the most populated cities in the world with approximately 30 million inhabitants. The areas near the coast are subject to frequent flooding due to the constant sinking below the level of the sea. For this reason, the government has planned to transfer the capital in Borneo, in the highest area and the lowest risk of natural disaster. In the last hours, the Ministry of health has co-located about 11 thousand health-care workers and soldiers to distribute medicines, hygiene kits, and food. The aim is to avoid the outbreak of epidemics of hepatitis A, dengue fever and other diseases, including infections caused by contact with carcasses of animals.

it is the worst flood in 2013. According to experts, the natural disaster this early in the 2020's is the worst from 2013, when dozens of people died as a result of precipitation in monsoon that flooded the city. For environmentalists, it's yet another disaster for the environmental should be an “alarm bell” of climate change, in one of the Countries most pollutants for greenhouse gas (fifth largest in the world). However, Yuyun Harmono, head of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, stressed that the administration has proven unwilling to face the disaster and do not seem to have any intention to reduce the emissions of pollutants. The floods continued, “should serve as a powerful reminder that the things can't be dealt with as usual”.

there is No environmental awareness. According to a survey of 2019, the environmental vulnerability of the Country is poorly regarded by the population: only 18% of respondents believe that there is a correlation between human activity and climate change. Nirwono Joga, a researcher at the Urban Studies Center of Jakarta, “there are not many people who realize the impact of climate change. When the water withdraws and the people will return to their homes, will forget the actions of which now we speak to fight climate change”.

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