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Floods inundate 16 districts and cities across Indonesia Floods have inundated thousands of houses in 16 districts and cities across Indonesia over the past few days, stated an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2015 16:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archaeology office unearths prehistoric bracelets in Jayapura The Archaeology Office of Jayapura, Papua, has discovered prehistoric bracelet artifacts made from coral sea shells in Puay Village, East Sentani Sub-District, Jayapura, Papua. "Most of the coral sea bracelets found in the hill slopes have been eroded by the water flowing in Lake Sentani," Hari Suroto, an archaeologist, stated here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 12 January 2015 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Motorcycle homebound travelers flock Merak port Nearly a thousand home-bound travelers on motorcycles, on Saturday, flocked the Merak port, Banten, waiting to be transferred by ferry to Bakauheni port, Sumatra Island. The travelers had been arriving at the port since early morning. At the time of filing this report, long queues were forming at Merak port, according to Antaras observations.

Posted in Religion @ 26 July 2014 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force extinguish forest fires in Riau The haze disaster mitigation task force has claimed that they have successfully extinguished 173 hot spots that burned 19.766 hectares of land in Riau province between the February end and mid-March.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 March 2014 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud evacuees allowed to return home The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allowed evacuees to return to their homes on the slope of Mount Kelud after the volcanos status has been lowered from the top to the third alert.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 February 2014 21:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt Kelud`s cold mud flow inundates farming areas A cold mud flow streaming from Mount Kelud and flowing into River Konto inundated farming areas in Kandangan sub-district, Pare district and Badas sub-district, Kediri district, East Java Province.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 February 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud volcanic materials pose danger of floods Around 50 million cubic meters of Mount Keluds volcanic materials have posed danger of flooding in areas around the slopes of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 February 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Katulampa sluice in Bogor on alert one status The Katulampa sluice in Bogor, West Java, has reached the alert one (I) level on Thursday morning due to heavy rain in the upstream area of the Ciliwuing River, a disaster mitigation official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2014 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Karawang district declares state of emergency The Karawang district administration in West Java has declared a state of emergency following floods that affected 25 sub-districts in the past few days. "Karawang is in a state of emergency for 14 days starting January 19," Karawang district head H. Ade Swara said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2014 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four school children swept away by flood in Bekasi Four elementary school students were found dead on Monday after being swept away by floods in South Tambun, Bekasi, West Java, on Saturday. They had gone missing since Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters. Parts of Bekasi have been hit by floods since the past few days following incessant downpours in the current rainy season.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2014 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 146 villages in Karawang Heavy flooding inundated as many as 146 villages in 25 subdistricts in Karawang, West Java, following heavy rainfall over the region in the last several days. On Monday, Head of Karawang Social Affairs and Disaster Mitigation Office Rochuyun A. Santosa stated that the floods have become an overwhelming disaster as 25 out of the 30 subdistricts in Karawang have been inundated.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2014 17:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Northern main road Java blocked by floodwaters The northern coastal road from Jakarta to Surabaya, popularly known as Pantura, has been completely blocked by floodwaters in Pamanukan in the district of Subang. The fly-over in the heart of Pamanukan has been flooded on both sides and is submerged in about one meter of water. This main road is economically very important for transport over land.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President extends aid to flood victims in North Sulawesi President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has extended emergency aid such as foods and medicines to people affected by floods in North Sulawesi provincial cities of Manado, Tomohon and Minahasa district.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2014 23:58 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


16 killed in North Sulawesi floods and landslides At least 16 people fell victim to Wednesdays floods and landslides in Indonesias North Sulawesi province. On Thursday, Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Noldy Liow stated that 15 bodies were recovered and one was still missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


40.000 displaced by flood-landslide in North Sulawesi At least 40 thousand residents have been displaced by flash floods and landslides in the North Sulawesi region, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated on Thursday. Head of Information Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated in a press release, on Thursday that floods hit six districts in North Sulawesi, namely Manado, North Minahasa, Tomohon, Minahasa, South Minahasa and Sangihe Islands.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 13:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Integrated partnership to manage Jakarta`s flood' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, stated the need for an integrated partnership between the local government and the central government to tackle Jakartas flooding problems.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2014 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood forces 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate Torrential rains since Sunday, Jan.12 that lead to floods in the capital city, have forced 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate their homes. "Up until 7 a.m. Monday, floods had inundated 31 sub districts in 18 districts of Jakarta," stated The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2014 12:08 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


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta announces alert status on flood and landslide On Wednesday, the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Yogyakarta announced through the Gubernatorial Decree No.317/kep/2013 an alert status on floods and landslides in the Yogyakarta Special Region following the raining season.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 December 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins emergency river dredging Jakarta officially commenced the long-overdue project to dredge the city’s rivers and waterways to prevent flooding. The project, known as the Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative (JEDI) was approved in 2009 but the actual dredging was delayed for five years.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 December 2013 08:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two missing victims of Wasior flood found dead Two people who went missing in a flash flood that hit Wasior, Teluk Wondama District, West Papua Province, on Wednesday have been found dead.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 November 2013 19:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood hit Kampung Melayu celebrating Idul Adha Floods submerged most of the Kampung Melayu area of East Jakarta, when the people were celebrating Idul Adha on Tuesday. "The flood water was as high as 30 to 100 centimeters in Kampung Melayu this morning," head of the emergency and logistic division of the Regional Disaster Controlling Agency (BPBD) Iwan Samosir said.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 October 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ready to receive Leopard tanks The 8th Cavalry Battalion (Yonkav) of the Indonesian Army Strategic Command (Kostrad) in Pasuruan of E Java is ready to receive Germany`s Leopard Main Battle Tank (MBT) to reinforce Indonesia`s defence capability.

Posted in Military @ 21 August 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army to help Jakarta handle street vendors, illegal parking The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) is prepared to help the Jakarta provincial administration solve problems relating to street vendors and illegal parking, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Moeldoko.

Posted in Military @ 14 August 2013 22:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: 'Indonesia's marine resources threatened' Greenpeace Indonesia says Indonesia`s rich marine resources are facing various threats that could cuase a decline in fish stocks in the country`s waters. "Indonesia`s fish stocks have continued to drop due to degradation and overfishing," the non-governmental organization`s sea campaigner Arifsyah Nasution said in a press statement received here on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 August 2013 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


21 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught in Jambi Twenty one illegal immigrants from Afghanistan caught by police in Jambi, Sumatra, on Friday are being accommodated at the local immigration office waiting for transfer to Pekanbaru. They are still being intensively interrogated by immigration officials, head of Jambi province`s immigration office, Marsudi, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 June 2013 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mentawai floods displace 10,000 residents Floods on Siberut Island, Mentawai District, West Sumatra Province, have displaced around 10,000 residents, according to a spokesperson of Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Mentawai Islands.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 April 2013 13:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 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


Flood hits 21 hamlets in North Sumatra A flood hit 21 hamlets in North Sumatra`s Serdang Bedagai district on Wednesday due to the overflowing of Padang and Sibaro rivers. The flood began at around 01.00 a.m. after the dike at Bukit Cermin and Mariah Padang villages was broken down.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2013 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Perumnas ready to assist in developing flat houses' State-owned housing company Perumnas said it was ready to help Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the construction of flat houses for residents affected by floods in the Ciliwung river banks.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges residents of Pluit reservoir to relocate Jakarta`s Governor, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has urged people living along the bank of the Pluit Reservoir to relocate.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 January 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor instructs relocation of settlers on river banks Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed all village and subdistrict heads to relocate settlers from river banks in Jakarta in an effort to accelerate normalization of rivers in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2013 13:12 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


Over 3,000 people evacuated over floods in Jakarta At least 3,000 residents have been evacuated to safer places and emergency shelters due to flooding in various parts of Jakarta until 8 am on Wednesday, disaster mitigation officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2013 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road reopened The Jakarta-Merak toll road at the Km 57-59 was reopened for traffic on Friday after it has been closed since Wednesday because of flood.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 January 2013 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road flooded with up to one meter of water Flood has inundated the Jakarta-Merak toll road at a height of up to one meter following the overflowing of Ciujung River. From Km 57 to Km 59, the toll road is flooded at between 80 cm and one meter deep, Rahmatullah, a spokesman of PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS) said here on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 January 2013 11:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit nine sub-districts in Banten province Floods hit nine sub-districts in Lebak district, Banten province, on Wednesday as a number of rivers overflowed following heavy rains overnight.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2013 20:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods damage hundreds of hectares of E. Java rice fields Flash floods hit several villages in Bojonegoro district, East Java province, on Wednesday, damaging hundreds of hectares of paddy fields.

Posted in Flooding @ 02 January 2013 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods isolate 1,500 families in Agam Floods hit the Nagari Tiku Lima Jorong village, Agam district, West Sumatra province on Sunday and caused at least 1,500 families isolated, according to a village head.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit four districts in North Sumatra Floods hit four districts in North Sumatra Province, killing two people and one went missing, a spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 17:39 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


Thousands of houses inundated by flooding in Subang Rain triggered floods have inundated thousands of houses in the regency of Subang of West Java over the past three days.

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2012 06:14 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


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 illegal immigrants from Middle East held in Madiun The immigration office of Madiun, East Java, held 60 illegal immigrants from Middle East arrested by police at the regency of Pacitan, on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 September 2012 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 900 people killed in accidents during Lebaran A total of 908 fatalities from road accidents have been recorded across the country during the traffic Ketupat Operation 2012, according to a national police spokesman.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


90 % of road accidents caused by negligence Some 90 percent of road accidents were caused by negligence, Dr Yosafra, a public transportation expert from the University of Andalas (Unand), said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 holiday travelers killed in traffic accidents in North Sumatra At least 14 persons, homebound for the Lebaran festival, have been killed in 64 traffic accidents that have taken place in Medan in north Sumatra in the last four days, a police report said on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono spews volcanic ash Mount Dukono in North Maluku province spewed volcanic ash on Tuesday, after showing signs of decreased activity in the past couple of weeks. "The volcanic ash spread to as far as Tobelo, the capital of North Halmahera district," head of the North Halmahera district natural mitigation board (BPBD) Yudhi H. said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamkonora erupts Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku province, erupted on Wednesday afternoon, forcing hundreds of residents living on the volcano`s slope to evacuate to safer areas.

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


More heavy rain and floods expected in Jakarta Jakarta residents should be ready for likely flooding and traffic gridlocks in the coming days as the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecasts further rain to fall on the capital over the next three days.

Posted in Weather @ 04 April 2012 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police round up 50 hoodlums at Soekarno-Hatta airport Police on Thursday rounded up 50 alleged hoodlums who had disturbed air passengers` sense of comfort and safety at Soekarno-Hatta international airport.

Posted in General @ 05 March 2012 07:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses flooded in Boyolali, Central Java Hundreds of houses in Kismoyono village, Boyolali district, Central Java, were on Wednesday inundated after heavy rains since the night before caused the Kijing and Jampen rivers to overflow.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2012 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood submerges over 1,000 houses in Tangerang A flood triggered by the overflowing of the Cirarap and Sabi Rivers, tributaries of the Cisadane River, has submerged 1,055 houses in Periuk sub district, Tangerang City, Banten Province.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2012 14:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Slum inhabitants near Ciliwung river to be relocated Inhabitants of the slums along the Ciliwung riverside are going to be relocated to government-subsidized apartments, an official said.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2012 07:49 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


Volcanic mudflow kills three in eastern Indonesia At least three people were killed on late Tuesday evening when mudflows streaming from Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia hit several nearby villages, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 December 2011 04:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor: 'Victims the blame for sexual assaults' Women’s rights activists condemned Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for his statement that shifted the blame for a spike in rape cases onto women wearing tight and revealing outfits. Fauzi said on Friday that women should not wear miniskirts when riding public transportation vehicles to avoid "any unwanted consequences".

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 September 2011 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal middlemen and taxi drivers arrested at Jakarta airport Dozens of illegal traders in tickets who were looking for a nice trade in terminals 1 and 2 of the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have been arrested. "They indeed were a target in our cleanup operation," said Abdi, a manager of state-run airport manager PT Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Crime @ 11 May 2011 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Karangetang volcano raised again The National Disaster Relief Agency BNPB has announced that the alert status of the Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau in North Sulawesi province has been raised from three to four. This was done late in the afternoon yesterday after more information about the recent eruption and current activity of the volcano was processed.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 March 2011 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of drivers stuck in 12km traffic jam to seaport Hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have been stranded for several days on the road to the Indonesian port city of Merak, the Jakarta Globe reported Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2011 21:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjan’s home now tourist attraction Mount Merapi’s deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjan’s home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjan’s house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cold lava flooding after Merapi eruptions hit Yogyakarta With heavy rainfall accompanied by sporadic but strong wind currents, Indonesia's Yogyakarta was hit by the largest outflow of cold lava and mud, locally known as lahar dingin, since October's Merapi eruptions, local media reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 January 2011 02:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riverside area threatened by volcanic mudflows The rainy season in Yogyakarta may climax in late December. People living on the river banks of Code River may be affected by volcanic mudflows due to high precipitation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2010 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity Mount Merapi volcano decreasing The head of the Geological Agency, R. Sukhyar, has said that the amount of energy stored in the Mount Merapi volcano since the eruptions that took place from 3 to 8 November, is about equal to the amount of energy it stored after the first large eruption on October 26. This is one of the reasons that the danger zones of the volcano have been reset earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 November 2010 10:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 240 in Merapi eruptions Indonesia's Mount Merapi death toll has increased to 240 after two weeks of constant eruptions, officials said Friday. The National Disaster Management Agency confirmed the number of deaths after its latest count that included additional people who died from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the eruptions. In addition, the number of refugees has reached 380,049 people have been displaced.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi shows no sign of cooling down The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano doesn't show any sign of decreasing. Until now the volcano emits hot ash clouds high into the air and it also sends ash clouds down it's slopes with a high frequency. A spokesperson of the Geology department of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources confirmed this news a while ago.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 10:47 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 15 killed after flash floods in Nusa Tenggara At least 15 people were killed during the flash floods that struck Skinu Village in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province on Wednesday night, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 November 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts again, danger zone expands Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Wednesday erupted again with more force than last week's blasts, spewing out hot ash, lava, and burning rocks up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) into the sky for over an hour. Authorities expanded Merapi's danger zone to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), which is beginning to reach areas not yet evacuated as well as refugee camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2010 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts again Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Monday erupted again, spewing out thick black smoke as residents continue to evacuate the area, local media reported. Jogjakarta's Volcanic Investigation and Technology Development Center chief, Subandriyo, has stated that continuing eruptions are expected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Semarang to construct levee along coastline The city council of Semarang has decided to construct a levee along it's northern coast to prevent the city from flooding with extremely high tides or strong winds. This news was announced by the new mayor of the city, Soemarmo. He said that a group of South-Korean experts was currently visiting Indonesia to make estimations.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · 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


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers Blue Bird taxi seek police protection on Bali Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB). "Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Posted in Protests @ 17 February 2010 00:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali government may reconsider taxi quota According to Beritabali.com, the government of Bali may reconsider its position on the issuance of new taxi licenses following demonstrations and protests by hundreds of taxi drivers opposed to more taxis being allowed to operated on the island.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volunteers NU hand out condoms in prostitution zones Volunteers of the second largest Muslim movement in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) handed out hundreds of condoms in a number of prostitution zones along the northern highway near the city of Tegal in Central Java. The volunteers also handed out leaflets with information about the dangers of HIV/AIDS at several points of the national highway.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 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


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to clean 11 rivers The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDAM itself biggest user subterrain water in Bali Despite repeated warnings from the government to conserve sub-terrain water reservoirs in Bali, the Bali Post reports that the state water company PDAM has little hesitation to tap into Bali's diminishing underground water reserves. According to the report, in every municipality and regency of Bali, PDAM derives more water from sub-terrain reservoirs than it does from surface sources. This approach offers several advantages, including less competition with farmers for water from rivers and streams and the reduced cost of tapping into sub-terrain sources that requires less treatment than the more polluted water in Bali's rivers and streams.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 October 2009 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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