Early in 2020, Jakarta was hit by a big flood. On January 3rd, I visited Bekasi, a neighbourhood on the eastern border of the city that was heavily affected.
The road was crowded. The vehicle delivering the aid had trouble getting through. Garbage trucks and residents’ cars parked on the sides added to the traffic congestion. Dozens of houses in the area were full of mud, which the owners were busy scooping out.
The residents smiled when I greeted them, though I could see sorrow through their friendly expressions.