In the Spirit of RYTHM, QuestNet Indonesia Helps Survivors of Situ Gintung Flood
Indonesia: 6 April 2009 – In the early morning of 17 March 2009, the Situ Gintung dam broke, unleashing tons of rampant water into a nearby residential area. Water from the 21-hectare lake flooded a lower residential area adjacent to the lake and instantly killed 100 residents. The tragedy still hides another 100 locals who are reported still missing and almost 1,000 people have been evacuated to a nearby area. Located in the southern part of Jakarta, Situ (meaning ‘small lake’) Gintung was a human-made reservoir built in 1933. It has been a recreation resort surrounded by a high-density housing neighborhood, kindergarten and universities. This area is still reeling from the disaster and havoc wrecked on their town. Immediately after the news of the tragedy broke, employees of QuestNet Indonesia’s Jakarta office rushed out to examine the area and to offer any assistance they could. In the spirit of RYTHM, all employees immediately gave cash donations, clothes and mattresses for the survivors. Once the mud dried up, Corporate Communications Manager Wita Dahlan together with Network Support Officers Alin and Arif, represented their colleagues by delivering the foam mattresses in a small truck to the main relief centre at the University of Muhammadiyah on 3 April 2009.