Photo: A young man stands in front of the ruins of his home in
Over 100 people are dead and an estimated 400,000 have been left without shelter after days of torrential rain that left entire villages in the region under water. Though heavy rains occur almost every year in this part of
Ibu Wiwik and her husband Pak Zulham had assumed their house, built on stilts in the traditional style, would weather the storm as it had in previous years. But rising floods forced them to flee with their children to higher ground, where they watched helplessly as their village disappeared under water. When the water finally receded a few days later, the concrete front steps were all that remained of their family home.
"Nobody expected this. We have had floods before, small ones. Not like this," says Pak Zulham. Like thousands of others in the flood-stricken areas, Pak Zulham, Ibu Wiwik and their two small children are sleeping under a tent in the street. They have nowhere else to go.
CARE is sending blankets, tarps and emergency supplies to the thousands of people affected by flooding in the region, working closely with U.N. agencies, local governments and other aid organizations to deliver urgently needed food, supplies and shelter. CARE has worked in
This latest disaster comes on the eve of the two-year anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami, which killed more than 132,000 people in Aceh.