"In every catastrophe, rescuing the victims should remain our priority," she noted in a press statement made available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Thursday, January 2, 2019.
To this end, Puan highlighted the need to prioritize the rescue and evacuation of those trapped in risky places. In addition, she said that the emergency response operations should be conducted comprehensively in all affected areas.
According to her, the comprehensive operations encompass rescuing the victims, building temporary shelters and public kitchens, securing displaced people's houses and properties, and adopting precautionary and preventive measures to deal with flood-related diseases. Moreover, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and all related ministries and government agencies were also called on to make utmost efforts to help those in need and restore the affected areas at the earliest.
Heavy and incessant rains lashed several parts of the provinces of West Java, Jakarta, and Banten over the past 48 hours. It caused flash floods to inundate various areas in the capital city in its greater areas, including Bekasi.
Consequently, the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport was temporarily closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2019 as its runway got flooded. All flight activities were diverted to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten Province.
Based on the data gathered by BNPB, 16 people lost their lives owing to floods inundating several areas in Jakarta, Bekasi, Depok, Bogor City, Bogor Regency Tangerang City, and South Tangerang City.