Indonesia: Surviving the Flood

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Rita Rondunuwu

Jakarta is recovering from yet another flood. But Indonesia is no stranger to natural disasters. In fact, there is a flood here almost every month. Often deforestation on mountain slopes loosens the soil and heavy rain leads to landslides.

Four months ago, Lemusa village on Sulawesi island was buried under six metres of mud. In one night, most people lost their homes and their farms – their only source of income.

Rita Rondunuwu can no longer farm, but she is one of the lucky ones. With support from the Indonesian Government and the UN agency IFAD, Rita was able to access funds for her weaving business, as we find out from this report by IFAD's Joanne Levitan.


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