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200,000 sick after Jakarta Flooding

Earth News: Indonesia
Disease Alert

Feb 20, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Nearly 200,000 people are suffering from flood-related disease in the capital city of Indonesia after a week of rain -– and the ensuing floodwaters -– drove more than 400,000 people from their homes.Many of those have returned home, but the city faces an enormous challenge in cleaning up the damage, Rustam Pakaya, director of the Health Ministry’s crisis center, told the Melbourne Herald-Sun. Officials are concerned, however, that disease could spread among people who remain in cramped emergency shelters or move back into houses that lack clean water, plumbing and power.
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