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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


Jokowi instructs logistics preparation to handle floods The Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo or Jokowi, instructed the staff of the Jakarta Provincial Administration to prepare the logistics to handle flooding as the water levels at the Katulampa Sluice had reached second grade alert.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2014 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts over 30 times An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 January 2014 15:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian embassy`s driver shot dead in Damascus A driver of the Indonesian embassy, Abdul Rojak Harbi - a Syrian national - was shot dead in Damascus while he was taking the embassy`s car to a workshop. Indonesian Ambassador to Syria, Wahib Abdul Jawad, told ANTARA on Friday that Harbi, 56, who had worked for the embassy since 1985, was buried near his home in Damascus.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2012 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


2,300 Indonesians still in Yemen turmoil Some 2,300 Indonesians are still staying in Yemen and hundreds already evacuated back to Indonesia in the worsening situation in that country. "There are still 2,300 people, and they still had no wish for an evacuation," Indonesian ambassador to Yemen Nurul Aulia said from Cairo Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 04 December 2011 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Tambora shows rising volcanic activity The status of the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa has been raised to the second-highest alert status as its activity has been increasing since April, the Jakarta Globe reported on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2011 00:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi on highest status The alert status of the Mount Lokon volcano near the city of Tomohon in North Sulawesi has been raised to the highest possible status, a level 4, which indicates that an eruption is in proces. At least two subdistricts are being prepared for evacuations.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 July 2011 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Forced relocation of villagers on slopes Mount Merapi The government of Sleman regency, in Yogyakarta province has made available plots of land for the relocation of villagers that live on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano in the province. The regent of Sleman, Sri Purnomo, asked villagers that are currently rebuilding their houses to still obey to the relocation program that will be starting soon.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 June 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG: Tsunami's to hit Indonesia after Japan quake The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it expects tsunami waves, caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan earlier this afternoon to hit parts of eastern Indonesia. The tsunami waves are expected to hit parts of Papua, North Maluku and North Sulawesi around 18:00 West Indonesia time.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2011 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


123 Indonesians still waiting for evacuation from Libya At least 123 Indonesians are still in Libya, more than the previous number announced by the government earlier this week, the Jakarta Globe reported Thursday.



Posted in General @ 10 March 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Foreign Minister about Indonesians in Egypt President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday requested Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa about the situation of Indonesians in the conflicted Egypt, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2011 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hot weather slows search for Mount Merapi victims Hot weather causes search and rescue for victims of hot pyroclastic flows exhausted by the Mount Merapi volcano. It is expected that there are still a number of bodies in several villages in and around Cangkringan, but because of hot weather, evacuation efforts are slower than expected. Search and rescue teams had to retreat to an emergency post in Wedomartani, Ngemplak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi exhausted eight pyroclastic clouds today During the day today, Mount Merapi has exhausted a number of eight separate pyroclastic clouds. However this number is high, they did not cause panic because they didn't reach far down the slopes of the mountain, according to observations made at the observation post in Deles in the district of Klaten, Central Java province.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2010 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano shows signs of activity The status of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central has officially been put at 'active' yesterday. This decision was made after a considerable increase of the number of tremors in and around the volcano. Several of the tremors could also be felt by residents nearby, but at the moment there is no sign that the volcano will erupt any time soon.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 September 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smell of death spreads in Padang Five days after the earthquake in West Sumatra, the city of Padang starts to smell like death as bodies of diseased people start to decay. The bad smell rises from most collapsed buildings in the city now, indicating that there are still many bodies under the debris which have not been evacuated. Some of the sites that have started to spread the smell of death are the Ambacang Hotel, the central market, the BNI building and the Adira offices.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials fear rising death toll after Java quake At least 33 people died in a powerful earthquake, which struck off Indonesia’s populous island of Java on 2 September, officials said. “At least 33 people are confirmed dead. The death toll could be much higher. The area is quite remote and communication is limited,” Health Ministry crisis center chief Rustam Pakaya told IRIN from Jakarta, the capital.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud alert status downgraded to level III The Center for Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation has lowered the alert status of the Mount Kelud volcano earlier this morning because it's activity has been lower than in the past few days. This means that thousands of people can now return to their homes after three weeks of - sometimes forced - evacuations. "The volcano no longer has the energy needed for an explosive eruption that would threaten the lives of people living nearby," said chief volcanologist Surono.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dramatic increase in tremors inside Kelud volcano Dedi, an official from the government's emergency response team in Kediri, said that between 06:00 and 12:00 local time on Thursday, there were as many as 570 tremors recorded inside the volcano, a sharp increase to the 16 recorded during the same period on Wednesday. Detik.com website reported that dozens or armed police on motorcycles went door-to-door again to force residents to flee to temporary emergency shelters away from the danger zone.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three volcanoes simmering in Indonesia Indonesian scientists are closely monitoring three simmering volcanoes across the nation on Friday. These include the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java, the Mount Soputan volcano in Sulawesi and the infamous Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. This volcano as been spewing some ashes a few hundred meters into the air since Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2007 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers forced to evacuate by armed police Dozens of police from the local police force in Kediri, eastern Java, have forced villagers out of the first danger zone at the Mount Kelut volcano to some evacuation camps in the village of Tawang, subdistrict of Wates, on Thursday night. These forceful evacuations started after villagers started to return to their villages after initial evacuation at free will. When the people arrived in their evacuation camps, there was no food, so they returned to their villages the next morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High alert for Karangetang volcano near Sulawesi Some 500 families have been evacuated from the slopes of the Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau, near northeast Sulawesi. The evacuations come after a warning from authorities that an eruption could be imminent. The alert status of the volcano was raised on Saturday; advising that at least two villages were to be evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 August 2007 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build safe zones on tsunami-prone coasts Indonesia plans to construct elevated safe zones near low-lying coastal resorts across the country as anticipatory measures against tsunami, a newspaper said Friday. The sites will consist of elevated land areas about four to five meters high and located about 500 meters from the shoreline to speed up evacuations during tsunamis, The Jakarta Post reported, quoting a senior official.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2006 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano eruption countered with dance and food Many Indonesian villagers are refusing to evacuate the flanks of Mount Merapi despite scientists' and government warnings of the volcano's imminent eruption, according to news reports. Instead locals are preparing food offerings and performing ceremonies—such as the traditional Javanese dance seen in this photo taken on Sunday—in a bid to appease the volcano's spirits.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 22:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 villagers evacuated near Merapi volcano After days of persuasion, more than 100 villagers, most of them sick, aging, very young or pregnant, evacuated villages closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi. The group left on trucks for temporary shelters well away from the 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain on Java island, which has been increasingly active in recent days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2006 16:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Aceh buries dead, peace hopes fade Nearly 5,000 tsunami victims have been buried in Indonesia's Aceh province over the past week, but uncertainty surrounds the region's future after talks between the government and rebels broke down. Five weeks after a quake triggered massive waves around a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean, authorities in Indonesia say they found 5,000 more people killed by the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papandayan volcano sees big eruption A volcano in Indonesia's crowded West Java province erupted Friday, belching thick smoke up to 3.7 miles into the sky, sending hot ash and lava onto nearby areas, and triggering panic among residents in nearby areas. But officials said no casualties were reported. The 8,743-foot-high Papandayan volcano in West Java's district of Garut, 180 miles southeast of Jakarta, threw out volcanic material as far as 2.5 miles from its crater, said Mas Ace Purbawinata, a vulcanology expert from a nearby monitoring post.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food supply to flood hit areas disrupted Supplies of food and medicines to regencies devastated by floods and landslides in West Sumatra were being obstructed as the roads leading to the affected areas had been cut, while other alternative routes had been washed away due to the incessant rain, governor Zainal Bakar said here on Tuesday. "We've been trying to provide emergency aid as far as we can. Aid first then rehabilitation," he said, adding that evacuations were continuing, especially in the disaster-hit regencies, including 50 Kota, Pasaman, Agam,Pesisir Selatan and Tanah Datar, and the mayoralties of Solok, Padang and Pariaman.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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