More than 45-thousand people are believed to have fled their homes in Central Java during floods which inundated a wide area around the town of Demak.
SV Rescue boat through row of houses in Demak
GV Flooded shops
SV Boat with people past camera
GV People wading in floodwaters (2 shots)
GV Man carrying rice stalks through water
GV Children in water (2 shots)
GV Flooded fields
GV Army officers
SV Rubber dinghy unloaded
Tracking shot through floodwater
SV Cart & jeep in water (2 shots)
GV Relief workers in boat throw food to children on bridge (2 shots)
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Background: More than 45-thousand people are believed to have fled their homes in Central Java during floods which inundated a wide area around the town of Demak.
Five people were reported drowned in the floods, and many thousands of acres of paddyfields were covered with water.
Flooding is not uncommon at this time of the year as heavy rains deluge the Indonesian archipelago.
SYNOPSIS: Widespread flooding near the Indonesian town of Demak. It's in Central Java - and the flooding follows torrential rain which has been sweeping the archipelago.
Boatloads of refugees fled their homes as the water rose. it's believed as many as 45-thousand people may have abandoned their property to seek refuge on higher land. The area was declared a "dangerous zone" by the local governor and relief services swung into action.
Flooding is not uncommon in Indonesia at this time of the year - and for many children it was welcomed as it provided a week off from school. However - for their parents, damage to paddy fields like these will mean many months of hard work if the rice crop is to succeed. Army officers visited Demak to arrange relief, bringing with them rubber dinghies and vehicles capable of negotiating the flooded roads.
Five people are reported to have drowned in the Demak floods and at one time there were indications that the town was threatened with famine.
Fears of starvation subsided as relief workers brought quantifies of food for victims of the floods.