Flooding in Java Displaces Thousands and Complicates Indonesian Election Preparations



Indonesia is facing a critical challenge as heavy flooding on the island of Java has displaced over 20,000 people, adding significant obstacles to the country’s upcoming election. The rainy season has led to the flooding of hundreds of polling stations in Central Java, complicating the logistics of conducting the world’s biggest single-day election in the world’s third-largest democracy. With thousands forced to flee their homes and rescue operations strained, election officials are grappling with not only logistical hurdles but also natural disasters, raising concerns about the feasibility of holding the election as scheduled.

  • More than 20,000 people have been displaced due to flooding in Java, Indonesia.
  • The flooding has submerged hundreds of polling stations in Central Java, ahead of the country’s election.
  • Thousands of displaced residents have been forced to camp out above the water line, with some reporting the worst flooding they’ve ever experienced.
  • Rescue efforts are hampered by a lack of resources, including insufficient boats for evacuation and exhausted volunteers.
  • Indonesia, spread across a vast archipelago and three time zones, faces logistical challenges for its election, including access to remote areas, threats of cyber-attack, and vote-buying.
  • The addition of rainy season challenges, including inundated polling stations and displaced voters, may necessitate the postponement of voting in affected areas.
  • The country is preparing for the world’s biggest single-day election with more than 200 million voters expected to participate.

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