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Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood damages 500 houses in East Java Flash flood hit 500 houses in Situbondo district, East Java, last Saturday night, Situbondo District`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency Zainul Arifin said.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2013 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


730 natural disasters hit Indonesia this year Some 730 natural disasters have hit Indonesia so far this year, according to Chairman of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali self-suffucient in rice and soybeans The State News Agency Antara  reports that Bali is secure in terms of food security and not threatened by continuing drought conditions in many part of Indonesia. Ida Bagus Wisnuardana, head of the food crop division for Bali, confirms that Bali has adequate sufficiencies of rice and soybeans.

Posted in General @ 18 September 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt developing programmes to tackle drought The government has planned to develop and implement programmes in order to minimise the impact of drought on the nation`s agricultural land, according to Agriculture Minister Suwono.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2012 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Drought hits Mount Merapi disaster area Drought strikes the disaster area around the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java at the moment. The area that is being hit is still growing as well. Local and regional governments have therefore started dropping bags of water in at least hard-hit 11 villages in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta province.

Posted in Economy @ 24 June 2011 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five killed by landslide in Central Java Five people died and two others were injured after a landslide hit Indonesia's Pati regency of Central Java province at dawn Tuesday, the Elshinta online news reported. The landslide hit a cliff that collapsed on three houses at Kedungwinong village of Sukolilo sub regency, Pati regency.

Posted in Weather @ 27 October 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake strikes south of Bali A strong earthquake on Friday hit south of the resort island of Bali, where thousands of people were gathering for a U.N. climate change conference. It did not trigger a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The underwater tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 and was centered some 250 kilometer south of the island according to Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 December 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hosting global warming talks Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in Magelang landslide At least seven people from the villages of Tanjungsari and Pasangsari, district Magelang, Central Java, were killed in a landslide Sunday. This was reported by the village head of Tanjungsari. Four others were wounded and three were still missing. Rescue workers have already evacuated the dead and wounded, and they were still looking for the three missing persons.

Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta wilts in unseasonal hot spell Well into what should be the rainy season, Jakarta is suffering through record-high temperatures, and experts warn residents they can expect more of the same.The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency says Jakarta has recently seen temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. Normally, the temperature in the city stays below 32 degrees in January.R

Posted in Weather @ 14 January 2007 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Montallat in Nort Barito, Kalimantan A number of villages in Montallat sub district, Barito Utara District, Central Kalimantan Province, was inundated as Barito River overflowed following incessant downpours. Floodwaters covered roads as high as 30 centimeters in Montallat, Bambang, Montallat resident, told ANTARA via phone on Thursday. "Floods have started on Tuesday (Dec. 26) and tend to continue raising," Bambang said.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods leave over 80 dead in Sumatra Severe flooding swept through three different provinces on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leaving more than 80 people dead or missing and more than 200,000 villagers homeless, volunteers and news reports said Sunday. In Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra, at least 65 people were either killed or missing in heavy flooding that swept through seven districts, said Gufron, a volunteer from the Prosperuos and Justice Party's local chapter.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diarrhea sweeps Nusa Tenggara, 43 children die Forty-three children aged under five have died and thousands of people have been hospitalized because of suffering diarrhea since August in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, Kompas daily reported here Saturday. The cause of the disease was the poor water quality and sanitation during the long drought in the eastern part of the vast archipelago country, said the head of the health department of the Timor Tengah district Markus Righuwa.

Posted in Health @ 28 October 2006 14:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fires burn, Malaysia chokes A choking haze from fires, most of them in Indonesia, is blanketing large parts of peninsular Malaysia, creating health problems, threatening tourism and disrupting one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Following are some facts about the haze, which affects parts of Southeast Asia every year.

Posted in Environment @ 12 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drought leaves 50,000 people facing starvation As many as 50,000 villagers are on the brink of starvation because of severe drought in Indonesia's remote southeast, local officials said Sunday. Poor harvests from a lack of rainfall threaten about 33,000 people in Lembata district in the province of East Nusatenggara, while 17,000 others in Solor district have run out of food, the district chiefs said.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hail, strong winds hit Bandung A downpour, compounded by hail and strong winds in some places, hit Bandung city on Thursday afternoon, toppling dozens of trees and causing flooding in some parts of the city. However, an official from the Bandung office of the Geophysics and Meteorological Agency (BMG) quickly rejected suggestions that the rain, which came after several months of drought in the city, marked the start of the wet season in Bandung, the capital of West Java province.

Posted in Weather @ 01 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regreening campaign launched in Yogyakarta Six ministers launched the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Movement at Jl. Lingkar Selatan, Bantul district, on Friday. Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Yusuf Kalla, home affairs minister Hari Sabarno, forestry minister M Prakoso, education minister Malik Fajar, settlement and regional infrastructure Minister Sunarno and state minister for the environment Nabiel Makarim planted samenea saman trees together in a nearby area as a symbol of the reforestation campaign, which will cover 29 river basins in 15 provinces.

Posted in Environment @ 09 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to import 2.3m tons rice, sugar this year' Once hailed as a self-sufficient rice producing country, Indonesia this year has to import 2.3 million tons of rice, says a top official. Speaking in the cool mountain resort of Ambarawa in Central Java, Minister for the Economy Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said that domestic production had failed to match the demand arising from population growth. Indonesia achieved self-sufficiency in primary food commodities in 1983.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta still hot, heat wave continues to grip Java People should prepare for an extreme heat wave to hit Java over the next two weeks as we enter the transition of the dry season and the wet season, an official said on Wednesday. "The intense heat over the past few days was caused by a dynamic air mass moving toward the southern part of the globe," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) chief Sri Diharto told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Weather @ 08 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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