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SALVATION ARMY TEAMS RESPOND TO FLOODS IN INDONESIA

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Released 10 February 2009

London, England: Salvation Army relief teams in Java, Indonesia, are responding to severe flooding in and around the city of Semarang. The floods have been caused by torrential rain and it is forecast that the rain will continue for several days, potentially making a bad situation even worse.

The city of Semarang is the location of the headquarters of The Salvation Army's Jawa and Bali Division as well as two corps, a school, retired officers' quarters and a home for the elderly. All these facilities have suffered from flooding but Divisional Commander Major Mitra Smarta sends assurance that the region's Salvationists and workers, along with people under their care, are accounted for and are safe and well. A relief action team is at work, providing food and other support to people in the care of The Salvation Army and also to members of the wider community.

A Salvation Army Compassion in Action team is delivering food to people in flooded areas and a health team from William Booth Hospital, Semarang, has established a health post in Sawah Besar, one of the worst-effected areas. Many children in this area are becoming sick, so Dr Lilian Diyo and her team from the hospital will concentrate on their needs.

Report by
Colonel Ross R. Gower, Chief Secretary, Indonesia Territory.
Submitted by
Lt. Colonel Charles King, International Secretary for Communication

 


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