UN rushes aid to help Indonesians stricken by floods and landslides

3 January 2008United Nations agencies have been rushing aid to Indonesians on the southern island of Java, which was recently struck by severe floods and landslides. Seasonal torrential rains have impacted central and eastern Java, resulting in over 90 deaths, according to the Indonesian Government. Additionally, more than 30 people are missing. With a rapid assessment pointing to clean water and sanitation as the priority needs, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supplying hygiene kits, water purification supplies and water storage equipment to fulfil the daily water requirements of 10,000 people in central Java. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided assistance for pregnant women, babies and women who have just delivered, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has conducted assessments and is preparing for possible food-for-work programmes. Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will provide support to the Indonesian Government, the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Humanitarian Coordinator.