Published: Thursday January 17, 2013 MYT 10:59:00 PM
Jakarta flood: Malaysian embassy ready with contingency plans
JAKARTA: The Malaysian embassy in Jakarta is ready with contingency plans to evacuate Malaysians living in Jakarta should the flood situation worsen.
Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan said embassy officers were in constant contact with the Malaysians to ensure they were safe.
He said no Malaysian had been trapped in the flood, which rendered major roads leading to the city centre inaccessible when the water level rose to one metre.
The embassy has set up a 24-hour flood operations room to enable Malaysians to obtain updates on the situation in Jakarta, which can be contacted at +62215224947.
A state of emergency has been declared in Jakarta from today until Jan 27.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited some of the affected areas in a boat and directed the police to monitor security at the houses of residents who were forced to move to evacuation centres.
In the last two days, about 10,000 residents living near Ciliwung River and its tributariess had to be evacuated as flood waters as high as three metres inundated their homes.
Meanwhile, Education Malaysia (EM) Indonesia today ordered the affected Malaysian students to relocate temporarily to Malaysia Hall in Jakarta.
EM director, Assoc Prof Dr Juzhar Jusoh said the rest of the Malaysian students were safe but ready to move if asked to leave their living quarters.
He said most of the affected students were from the medical and dental faculties of Universiti Kristen Krida Wacana (UKRIDA) and Universiti Trisakti respectively.
"Both universities had to cancel lectures today because of the floods," he said. - Bernama