Released 10 February 2009
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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.
Colonel Ross R. Gower, Chief Secretary, Indonesia
Lt. Colonel Charles King, International
Secretary for Communication