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Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI secures lava canal of Mount Kelud The Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers have beefed up security arrangements around the lava canal of Mount Kelud in the Kediri District, East Java province, as it can be dangerous to the residents.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Last year's Jakarta floods worse than this month's The floods that hit Jakarta and surrounding areas early last year were worse than the current floods in the capital city and its buffer zone areas, stated a disaster mitigation official.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2014 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGO rejects giant sea wall establishment in Jakarta Non-Government Organization (NGO) People Coalition for Fishery Fairness (Kiara) has rejected the project of Giant Sea Wall establishment in Jakarta beach because it was thought to have certain purpose instead of reclamation.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta allocates rp1.12 trillion to tackle flood problem Jakarta has allocated Rp1.12 trillion to tackle flood problem this year."We will focus on tackling flood problem in Jakarta. The budget totaling Rp1.12 trillion for the project has been approved by the city's legislative body," the city administration's head of public works service, Ery Basworo, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Jakartans still displaced by flood National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) head of data, information and public relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has stated that at least 33,502 people who were affected by the floods in Jakarta continue to take shelter in evacuation camps.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2013 21:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to divert ciliwung river flow to control flood The government plans to build a waterway to divert excess Ciliwung river flow to the East Flood Control Canal(KBT) to reduce flooding in the capital city in the future, according to Djoko Kirmanto. The public works minister said here on Monday the cost of the project was estimated at around Rp500 billion.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government dismisses idea of moving capital city The government indicates it is not in favor of moving the capital city from Jakarta saying it opts for seeking to prevent the city`s almost annual flooding. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Monday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted no interest in moving the capital city.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2013 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on all sides to remain on flood alert President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements to remain alert against floods because rainfall was expected to be still high in the coming several weeks. The president made the remarks after holding a meeting on floods and observed the flood command post in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2013 23:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No guarantee for flood-free Jakarta The Jakarta regional government cannot guarantee that the capital city will be free from floods after the completion of the river restoration project in 2017-18, according to a minister.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspects in east flood canal project not yet named The Jakarta higher prosecutor office has not yet named any suspects in the alleged marked-up funds for the construction of East Jakarta`s Flood Canal (BKT) project.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 October 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to spend $190 mln on controlling floods The Jakarta administration is planning to spend US$190 million on controlling floods in the capital under the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project (JUFMP).

Posted in Environment @ 02 February 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #22 To this very day, every morning there are floating markets in Banjarmasin in which farmers and traders brought their goods to trade on boats. It has always been a farmers’ market and it’s interesting to see the genuine river-based way of life. The rivers are also the main venues for boat races and other festivities. The main attractions are the waterlogged suburbs traversed by canals; much of the city's commerce takes place on water. Get there early to enjoy most of it.

Posted in Picture guess @ 24 April 2010 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible new problems after gas leak pops up near mud flow The train track and main road between the large city of Surabaya and Malang has is threathened to be flooded once again near the Sidoarjo mud flow. At several locations along the main supporting dam along the road and the track, there is mud escaping via leaks.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 April 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Identity and gender of mutilated body still unknown The identity and gender of the mutilated body that was found in the Kalimalang canal is not known yet. Police investigation is ongoing at several locations where body parts were found. The police has also visited a few places where waria ('man-woman', in general men dressed up as women) for their extended investigation.

Posted in Crime @ 02 April 2010 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #19 A commemorative stone from the residents of Batavia (nowadays Jakarta) as a thank you to engineer H. van Breen which designed and constructed the flood canals around Batavia. The canal starts at the Manggarai gate, where this commemorative stone can be found. The gate in Manggarai was constructed in 1919.

Posted in Picture guess @ 01 March 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of houses flooded in Medan city Thousands of houses in the Medan Sunggal area, in the city of Medan, have been flooded with up to 80 centimeters of water. The flood occurred during heavy rains that hit the area for about four hours last night. The water reached up to the waist in Jalan Rajawali, Jalan Sei Sikambing and Jalan Gatot Subroto as far as the Medan Baru area.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 September 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia floods kill 20, nearly 200,000 homeless Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least 20 people and made nearly 200,000 homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas, officials said on Sunday. Downpours over Jakarta weakened at the weekend, but heavy rain in upland areas sent more water into already swollen rivers criss-crossing the low-lying city.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly €15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood risk increases in Jakarta as more rain expected Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, where 40 percent of the city is below sea level, may receive 15 percent more rainfall in the next month raising the risk of floods. With 13 rivers flowing into the city of 9 million people, excess rainfall increases the danger of flooding because Jakarta's only flood canal hasn't the capacity to drain the water.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2006 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Netherlands to renew economic tie with Indonesia The Netherlands is planning to renew its economic ties with Indonesia through the provision of a number of incentives and assistance. This would include support for the development of the country's agriculture and fishery industries, as well as the reconstruction of tsunami-stricken Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cilincing to undergo facelift The slum area of North Jakarta, Cilincing, will undergo a facelift starting next year, the city's official news portal, Beritajakarta, reported on Saturday. Improvements to the area will include the construction of low-cost apartments and industries that produce containers.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plans Jakarta overhaul President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his commitment to overhauling the country’s sprawling capital. Jakarta's facelift will center on managing its most pressing problems: traffic, garbage and waterways. The President met a range of Jakarta councilors on Tuesday (16/11/04) to discus tourism and the beautification of one of Jakarta's prime tourist areas: the Ancol complex of theme parks and markets on Jakarta's northern shores.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first impressions from Indonesia this year. Yesterday I arrived with a late flight via Frankfurt and Singapore. Waiting for the stopovers in Singapore and Frankfurt wasn’t the main problem, but it seemed like I could’t get used to the little turbulence. At the end I was almost ill, not a very good start of my holiday, but the same happened last year, thinking that it would all soon pass over.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of pollution peril Acid rain, hazardous dumping of industrial, fecal waste and other pollutants are having an alarming impact on Indonesia's environment and population, the World Bank reports.

Posted in Environment @ 25 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three killed in Jakarta shooting Gunmen shot dead three people and wounded two others less than a kilometre from Indonesia's presidential palace, a district police chief said. The shooting followed a parking dispute outside the PT Global company offices on Juanda Street, some 500 metres from the presidential palace, Central Jakarta police chief, Chief Commissioner Edmon Ilyas, told AFP.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


N. Jakarta reclamation may cause flood State Minister of Environment Nabiel Makarim warned on Monday that the reclamation of the sea and coastal land in North Jakarta may cause flooding in the city. "Reclamation will not only create a barrier for sea water to reach land, but it will also establish a virtual basin that will prevent freshwater runoff from reaching the sea". "Should this happen, Jakarta will experience additional flooding," he told reporters after a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing among others, Science, Energy and Environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Huge funds needed to free Jakarta from floods The capital will never be free from floods unless it has a drainage canal at the city's east and west border areas to facilitate drainage to the sea, Governor Sutiyoso said. The only other option to escape being annually inundated during the rainy season is to move the city from the current location, the governor said on Tuesday. "Those are the only choices, both of which are impossible for us (to realize) at the moment," he said. According to the retired three-star general, the situation was mainly due to the fact that many buildings and houses had been constructed on land that is lower than sea level. "About 40 percent of the land in the capital is below sea level. So, it would require a huge amount of money to free Jakarta of floods," Sutiyoso said.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 September 2000 16:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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