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Volcanic ashes still cover Palue Island Volcanic ashes are still covering Palue Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, following another eruption of Mount Rokatenda on Monday, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 March 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon erupts three times, says agency The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that Mount Lokon volcano in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi, continues to be active. "Mount Lokon has erupted three times since October 5," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Chief of BNPB`s Data and Information Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2012 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi twice spews white smoke Mount Marapi, located between the districts of Tanah Datar and Agam, West Sumatra province twice spewed white smoke on Saturday morning, a witness said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 May 2012 16:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono still on level II alert The National Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has announced Mount Dukono in Halmahera, North Maluku, is still on level II alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2012 16:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash again Mount Marapi, situated between the Tanahdatar and Agam districts of West Sumatra, spewed volcanic ash on Monday morning, according to a local resident.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2012 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash twice on Sunday Mount Marapi in West Sumatra spewed volcanic ash twice on Sunday respectively at 11:10am and 11:18am Western Indonesian Standard time (WIB), a Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Agency official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 March 2012 14:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


600 evacuated from Mount Dieng volcano highlands Over 600 people from villages in the Mount Dieng volcano highlands have been evacuated from the vicinity of the crater that is active at the moment. The volcano, near the city of Wonosobo in Central Java province is showing signs of increasing activity, so villagers are brought to a safer location.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2011 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic material reaches rivers in Yogyakarta city Volcanic material has reached the city of Yogyakarta via a number of rivers in the area. Because of rainfall in the region, these rivers have swollen as well and they are flowing faster than normal. One of the rivers is the Code River which runs directly through the heart of Yogyakarta. It is currently transporting volcanic debris and parts of trees with it's raging currents. The river also threatens to burst it's banks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Small plane crashes at Bandung air show A Super Decathlon airplane crashed and burst into flames in front of hundreds of schoolchildren during an air show Friday in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The pilot was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, The Associated Press reported, quoting Asni Wati, the spokesman for the city of Bandung's international airport. No one on the ground was injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 September 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video of ash plume over Sinabung volcano The Mount Sinabung volcano, that was quiet for 4 centuries shot a new, powerful burst of hot ash more than three kilometres into the air, sending frightened residents fleeing to safety for the 2nd time this week. The tremor from the eruption - the strongest so far - could be felt 8 km away. The eruption on Sunday and Monday - which caught many scientists off guard - forced 30-thousand people living along its fertile slopes in North Sumatra province to evacuate to cramped emergency shelters in nearby towns.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 September 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar still to invest 600 million dollar in Lombok resort? A fair degree of confusion prevails over the future of a US$600 mega tourism project on Bali's near neighbor of Lombok. A pet project of Indonesia's former Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, the 1,200 hectare site was proposed to house hotels, condominiums and a golf course financed by Dubai-based property Developer Emaar Properties.

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2010 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after rumors of Jatiluhur dam breach The ever increasing water level of the Jatiluhur basin is causing panic among residents living directly below it. They panic is mainly fed by rumors that the dam was about to burst because of the very high water levels. No direct evidence has been found related to this, but residents from some villages have evacuated to higher ground just to be sure.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2010 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wings Air plane skids over runway and breaks down An old McDonnell Douglas plane from airline Wings Air has finally broken down. This happened at the Syamsuddin Noor airport near the city of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan. The plane arrived from Surabaya at 18:15 when it skidded over the runway and broke down right away. The 160 passengers and crew were all safe but were panicked by the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 December 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Boeing bursts tire on landing strip A Boeing 737-300 plane, belonging to Merpati Nusantara airline, saw it's tire burst when the plane touched down at the Sultan Hasanuddin airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi earlier this morning. No people were injured, but because the plane stopped on the landing strip, two other flights were eventually delayed to later on the day.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot of Garuda plane crash free after court decision Marwoto Komar, the pilot convicted of criminal negligence in the death of 21 passengers, including 5 Australians, in the March 2007 crash landing of a Garuda Boeing 737 at Yogyakarta's airport, is a free man now that the appeal courts in Indonesia have quashed his conviction and a 2 year prison sentence.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 December 2009 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot sentenced to two years in jail over accident An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a pilot from the country's national airline Garuda to two years in jail for crashing a passenger jet in 2007 in the central Javan city of Yogyakarta, killing 21 people. The court found M. Marwoto Komar guilty of criminal negligence.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 April 2009 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24 killed in military plane crash at Bandung airport A Fokker 27-03 belonging to Indonesian Air Force with 23 passengers on board crashed and burst into flames at Sastranegara airbase, in Bandung, West Java, at 1.02 p.m on Monday, airport officials said. Yanto, an official at the operator center of Husein Sastranegara airport, confirmed the incident. "It is true that a Fokker 27 of the Indonesian Air Force had crashed at the airport," he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 April 2009 17:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 90 still missing after Situ Gintung dam burst, 100 dead Since last night, no new victims of the Situ Gintung dam burst in the southern Jakarta suburb of Ciputat have been found. According to the Cirendeu neighborhood there are still 14 people missing. According to other sources, the number of missing still stands at 91.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 April 2009 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 bodies found in debris of Jakarta dam burst disaster The number of victims after the Situ Gintung dam burst in Ciputat, a southern suburb of the Indonesian capital Jakarta in Tangerang keeps going up. At 21:45 local time last night the number of casualties had reached 92.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


65 dead in dam burst while search for 100 others continues 65 people have been found dead after the Situ Gintung dam in the southern Jakarta suburb of Ciputat, Tangerang suddenly burst yesterday morning before sunrise. Almost 100 people are still missing, search and resque teams are searching through the rubble for them. This information is gathered from medical teams from the general hospital in Pondok Kopi at the Muhammadiyah University campus.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 March 2009 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens killed after dam collapses in Jakarta suburb More than 50 people were found dead when the Situ Gintung dam, in the densely populated Tangerang district, burst at about 4am today. Head of the Crisis Management Centre at the Indonesian Health Ministry, Rustam A. Pakaya, told Bernama that the number of people killed would be higher being that more than 400 houses had been swept away as at 9am.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot goes on trial for 'crashing plane' An Indonesian pilot has gone on trial accused of deliberately causing a deadly airliner crash, the first time a pilot has been charged over an aviation disaster in the country. Marwoto Komar, who faces a life sentence if he is convicted, said nothing as his trial began in the central Javanese city of Yogyakarta on Thursday. Indonesian courts do not require the accused to make a formal plea.

Posted in General @ 24 July 2008 09:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Report: Islamic cleric Bashir likens tourists to 'maggots' Hardline Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has compared tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly, a report said Monday. The preacher made the comments in a speech to an Islamic youth organisation in east Java in October. "Worms, snakes, maggots - those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel tourists. They are naked," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 24 March 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Mount Kelud spills boiling water from it's crater The Mount Kelud volcano is dangerously close to an eruption on Monday as magma was pushing upwards through the blocked crater, causing boiling water to spill down it's slopes, according a volcanologist. The water level in the crater lake has fallen because of cracks in it's surface. This also caused damage to essential equipment used to monitor the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2007 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow causes living room geyser Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site near Sidoarjo, just south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2007 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gets help from Australia after crash Australia offered more medical aid to Indonesia after a Garuda Indonesia plane crashed. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta contacted the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer more medical help, as was said by Prime Minister John Howard. "The Indonesians have indicated that they will be very ready to take that up if it is needed," Howard told on television on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] 21 dead after Garuda plane crashes at Yogyakarta airport At least 21 people are dead and many others injured after a plane of airliner Garuda crashed upon landing and burst into flames at the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. "I saw many bodies, dozens of bodies badly burnt near the exit," told captain Yos Bintoro, an airport official to ElShinta radio after the accident. "I saw people dead in the cockpit. I cannot say if that's the pilot or co-pilot," he said.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 March 2007 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Yusril snaps back over corruption query During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit some 75% of Jakarta, 25 killed Flooding in Jakarta has affected around 75 percent of the city, an official said Monday as the death toll from the disaster hit 25. Some 340,000 others have been forced from their homes. Storm waters that inundated scores of residential areas and shopping districts late last week were still three meters deep in places, witnesses and an official say.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh mudflow burst in Kedung Cangkring Jabon While the mudflow in Renokenongo village, Porong, Sidoarjo, could still not be stopped, a fresh mudflow burst has been detected in Kedung Cangkring village, Jabon subdistrict in Sidoarjo, East Java, Sunday. The new mudflow was strongly assumed to contain gas according to the result of a test conducted by Lapindo Brantas Inc.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystery mud swallowing villages An ever-expanding ten-mile square lake of hot oozing mud has already forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Indonesia, after a deep-bore drilling operation went terribly wrong somehow. The drilling company, Lapindo Brantas, has admitted responsibility for the gigantic, bubbling torrent of noxious mud, which has already destroyed twelve factories and seven villages in East Java. However, they are refusing to explain exactly why the Earth is spewing unstoppable toxic goop, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 September 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Villagers refused to leave areas outside volcano-zone A volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed hot gas and debris 1 1/2 kilometers (a mile) down its slopes on Monday, but hundreds of villagers were refusing to leave areas just outside the danger-zone, officials said. No injuries were reported. Mount Karangetang, one of the country's most active mountains, has been at a state of high alert for two weeks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 August 2006 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two trapped after Mount Merapi volcano erupts Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia‘s most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government‘s Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 June 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi brings back bad memories of 1994 eruption The sky went black, and a thunder-like roar filled the air. Some witnesses remember hearing one or two loud explosions. Few had time to see what Mount Merapi was bringing down upon them. Within seconds, a massive cloud of searing gas, volcanic debris and rocks had scythed into the village, incinerating everything in its path and killing 60 people, many of them attending a wedding.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano explodes with gas, ash Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano exploded with clouds of hot gas and ash rain early on Monday, sending some villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Grey ash covered some vegetation and rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 kms (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floodwaters swell as residents take to rooftops There are no floods in the city for months and then they happen all at once. In Jakarta, when it rains, it does indeed pour. The rain over the past week alerted people living on the banks of Ciliwung River to the possibility of floods. So, when the river -- which divides the sub-districts of Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, and Bukit Duri, South Jakarta -- burst its banks at 5 a.m. on Friday, they were ready.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jember flood death toll rises to 77 The death toll from flash floods that devastated villages in Indonesia's East Java province has risen to at least 77, as the search continued for more victims, officials said Thursday. A helicopter dropped food supplies and moved survivors as well as corpses from isolated, mud-soaked areas in Jember regency, local government spokesman Suhartomo said.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Flooding kills at least 34 in East Java Flash floods swept away hundreds houses and schools in central Indonesia early Monday, killing at least 34 people, said a government official. Villages were inundated when overnight rains triggered a landslide on a hill in Panti, a subdistrict of East Java province, and forced a river to burst its banks.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 January 2006 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crashed Indonesia jet may have had fuel problem A preliminary probe into the crash of an Indonesian airliner that killed 149 people has found a fuel problem with one of the plane's engines, a transport safety official said on Wednesday. Setyo Rahardjo, head of the National Transport Safety Committee, told Reuters investigators had found a fault in one of the two engines on the Boeing 737-200, which slammed into a crowded neighbourhood in the city of Medan on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2005 19:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Assailants attack two churches in Indonesia, three injured Unidentified attackers opened fire on two churches in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Sunday, injuring three people in the latest in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region. The attackers, who were riding motorbikes, also hurled a bomb outside one of the churches in the town of Palu, causing minor damage, police spokesman Rais Adam said. Both buildings were packed with worshippers.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen attack Palu church, kill minister Unidentified gunmen burst into a Christian church in central Indonesia and opened fire, killing the female minister and wounding four worshippers, police said Monday. The killing took place in Palu, central Sulawesi province, which has been hit by sporadic violence between Muslims and Christians since 2001. At least 1,000 people have been killed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three missing in North Sumatra floods At least three people are missing and feared dead after floods hit several areas across North Sumatra, following days of incessant rain over the weekend, officials said on Thursday. They said the floods also inundated hundreds of houses there as rivers burst their banks.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood victims want justice, death for illegal loggers Relatives of more than 100 people killed in the recent devastating flood in North Sumatra demanded the immediate arrests of illegal loggers on Thursday, as police moved to find those involved in the rampant deforestation blamed for the flood. The victims called the loggers who had encroached into the Mount Leuser National Park "terrorists" and said that they should be sentenced to death.

Posted in Weather @ 07 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister calls illegal loggers 'terrorists' after flood disaster Indonesia's environment minister on Wednesday branded illegal loggers as terrorists after a flood disaster blamed on tree-felling killed an estimated 200 or more people in North Sumatra. Nabiel Makarim criticised the army and police for involvement in the practice, which is rampant across much of the huge archipelago.

Posted in Weather @ 06 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Langkat, 92 killed Flash floods ripped through a popular resort town in North Sumatra late Sunday night, killing at least 92 people, including five foreign tourists. Hundreds of others were missing feared dead, while downed communication lines and demolished bridges hampered rescue efforts, officials said on Monday. Around 420 houses, including five tourist cottages, were destroyed or damaged when floodwaters, mud, trees and other debris hit the Bukit Lawang resort in Bahorok subdistrict, Langkat regency.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51 burned to death as bus rams into truck in Situbondo At least 51 people, including 48 students of a senior high school in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, were killed as their bus collided with a trailer truck and a minivan on Wednesday night in Situbondo regency, East Java. The grisly traffic accident took place at around 8 p.m. in the area of Banyu Glugur that borders Situbondo and the neighboring regency of Probolinggo, near the Paiton geothermal power plant.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hopes dim for 41 missing at sea Hopes were fading yesterday of finding more survivors from an overcrowded ferry which burst into flames and sank in Indonesia on Sunday night, officials said. Rescuers recovered another body yesterday, bringing the death toll to 29 from Monday's sinking 50 km off the northern coast of Sumatra island, said Lieutenant-Colonel Umar Septono, the local police chief. Another 41 passengers were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda linked to McDonalds blast Indonesian police on Saturday searched a house linked to a possible al Qaeda suspect in their hunt for those behind two bomb blasts in Sulawesi, including one at a McDonald's restaurant that killed three people. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has stepped up its anti-terror drive since the October 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, about half of them foreigners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano eruption forces thousands to flee A volcano in Indonesia's crowded West Java province erupted today belching black smoke, lava and ash onto the surrounding neighbourhood and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee their homes, officials said. The 2,665-metres-high Papandayan volcano in West Java's district of Garut, 200 kilometres southeast of Jakarta, began erupting yesterday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy denies he was a fugitive The son of Indonesia's ex-dictator Suharto startled a packed courtroom Wednesday when he jumped up and asserted that he was never a fugitive from justice as prosecutors charge. Hutomo Mandala Putra, known as Tommy, is accused of masterminding the assassination of Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison for a multimillion-dollar real estate scam in September 2000. Tommy also faces charges involving weapons and his flight after the graft conviction.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunung Merapi remains dangerous Yogyakarta Volcanology Observation Agency renewed its warning to sand miners and climbers of the possibility of a major outburst of hot lava and steam from Mount Merapi in the coming weeks, due to the rainy season.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesians named in billionaires club Both are 53 and both sit atop business empires built solely on kretek, the sweet smelling clove-flavored cigarettes. On Friday, Rachman Halim and Putera Sampoerna were named among the world's 538 billionaires by the leading U.S. business magazine Forbes. Rachman, head of the Wonowidjojo clan who owns the Gudang Garam tobacco company, ranks 292nd with an estimated net worth of US$1.7 billion; Putera, who owns and runs the Sampoerna business group, is 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains weren't cleansing enough: in the still of a tropical afternoon, the sweet stink of putrescence hangs in the air like the unquiet spirits of those murdered here. Halerin, a stocky sawmill hand in his thirties, was at the field that night. His account:

Posted in Violence @ 08 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


163 boatpeople feared drowned off Australian coast Up to 163 illegal immigrants were feared drowned off Australia's north coast Wednesday when two boats disappeared in treacherous waters en route from Indonesia. Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said credible reports from Indonesia said the two boats, carrying people from various Middle Eastern countries, had left on the two-to-three day trip from Java to Ashmore Reef in Australian waters last week but failed to arrive.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It all started with power to the people, May 1998. Students took the streets to protest the government, in special President Suharto at that time. Within exactly one week of severe clashes, demonstrations and a big number of gruesome casualties, reformasi against Suharto was formally ended. He had stepped down, and since that was the main aim of the students, they celebrated for days in streets all over the country,especially in Jakarta.

Posted in Politics @ 01 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matraman witnesses commonplace brawl Hundreds of angry Kebon Manggis and Pal Meriam residents of Matraman, East Jakarta, strung arrows, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at each other, and exchanged stick blows on Thursday over a sudden stabbing of a man who incidentally got off a bus in their area.

Posted in Violence @ 02 June 2000 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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