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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


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


30 million people expected to travel during Idul-Fitri Around 30 million people are expected to return to their hometowns to celebrate Idul-Fitri holidays (mudik) at the end of Ramadan, a deputy minister said. "Of the total, around three to four million will travel through sea transportation," Transportation Deputy Minister Bambang Susantono said here on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 03 July 2014 22:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to close its border gate with PNG Indonesia will close its border gate with Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the runup to its legislative elections on April 9, 2014, a border official said. "We will close the border gate until April 12, 2014," Susanna Wanggai, head of the Indonesia-PNG border office, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate 18.000 houses in Bandung district Around 18 thousand houses were inundated in Bojongsoang, Baleendah and Dayeuhkolot sub-districts, Bandung District, West Java, on Monday, following the overflow of the Citarum River.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 March 2014 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Floods still threatening Jakarta until March The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) called on residents of Jakarta and its satellite town of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) to remain alert because floods were still threatening the areas until March.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 February 2014 00:49 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


3,500 police officers to be deployed at flood-hit areas The Police Headquarters will deploy 3,500 police officers at several areas in Indonesian that have been hit by floods, landslides, and volcano eruption. "The 3,500 policemen are from the Police Headquarters and Mobile Brigade," Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, the head of the Police Headquarters Security and Maintenance Departement, stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2014 17:15 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


30 thousand residents displaced by flood in Jakarta At least 30,784 residents have been displaced by floods in Jakarta caused by incessant rain for the last several days, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead as Jakarta floods continue Heavy rainfall and flooding have left at least seven dead this week in Indonesiaís capital, according to city officials. The causes include sickness, drowning after slipping and getting electrocuted, according to Surya Putra, Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) information chief on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses inundated in Manado Hundreds of houses have been submerged in flood water reaching a height of 2.5 meters, following 11 hours of incessant rains in Manado, on Wednesday. "The flood waters reached a height of two meters in Ternate Tanjung. The roof of our house was submerged in water," stated Herry Permata, a local inhabitant of Ternate Tanjung, Singkil.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 January 2014 19:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood and landslide displace 3,929 residents in Purworejo The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported on Monday, that as many as 3,929 residents are still displaced due to floods and landslides in Purworejo District, Central Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 23 December 2013 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · 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 cityís 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


Flood kills two in Tangerang A flood inundated several residential areas and killed two inhabitants of Tangerang City, Banten Province, on Thursday. The victims were identified as Ratna, 63, and Sukamto, 61, chairman of the disaster alert youth group (Tagana), Iksan Bhakti, said here on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 November 2013 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta authorities set to impose penalty for littering The Jakarta administration is set to impose a penalty for littering, which is in violation of Law No. 3/2013 on Waste Treatment. "Those who litter will be fined. An individual fine could be Rp500,000, while a company could be fined Rp50 million," Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated on Wednesday.

Posted in Culture @ 15 November 2013 13:39 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


Disaster agency to control rainfall end of this year The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will control the level of rainfall in Jakarta between December and March to avert a flood, said BNPB`s Head of Public Relation and Information Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in Weather @ 11 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Aceh shrouded in smoke after peatland fire West Aceh District of Aceh Province is shrouded in smoke after peatlands in the region caught fire due to illegal land clearing by burning. Head of Emergency Department of West Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Dedek Risman said in Meulaboh on Monday that the agency does not have sufficient tools to extinguish the fire.

Posted in Forest fires @ 23 September 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods and landslides claims eight in Ambon Flood and landslide on Tuesday in Ambon, Maluku Province, claimed eight casualties while five persons were still unaccounted for after heavy rain poured the region on Monday evening.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Dieng`s volcanic tremors still taking place' The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said deep and shallow volcanic tremors still continued to take place in Mount Dieng, in Sumberejo village, Banjarnegara disrtrict, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 April 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods inundate North Sumatra Floods submerged hundreds of houses, oilpalm plantations and mosques in Stabat, Tanjung Pura, and Tandam, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province. The floodwaters started to rise on Friday evening as a nearby river overflowed, Ginting, a local resident, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 08:35 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


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


Bengawan Solo flood in Bojonegoro receding The flood caused by the overflow of Bengawan Solo River in Bojonegoro regency, East Java province, is showing signs of receding, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2013 19:07 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


Leptospirosis threatens Yogyakarta this rainy season Yogyakarta`s Health Department has informed the residents that leptospirosis can spread in the city during the rainy season. "In 2011, many people were affected by leptospirosis. We have sent an official letter, warning the residents of Yogyakarta about this disease," said Tuty Setyowati, Head of Yogyakarta's Health Department, on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 28 December 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Floods put three villages under water in Madiun Big floods flowing down the slope of Mount Willis hit three villages in the regency of Madiun, East Java , following heavy rain on Thursday until early Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 19:39 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


Police to secure 38,499 churches during the holiday season The Indonesian Police will protect 38,499 churches as part of the 10-day Operation Candle, from December 23, 2012 to January 2013, in light of Christmas, New Year`s Eve and the New Year.

Posted in Religion @ 11 December 2012 19:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG: Heat in Bali will end in November The hot weather which Bali has experienced over the past few months is expected to end in November, according to the Bali branch of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai`s residents desperately need clean water Some residents have not been receiving clean water during the last six years in Juanga and Pandanga village, Morotai Island district, North Maluku province. Wisnu, a resident of Juanga village, said recently that the Water Utility Company (PDAM) of Morotai Island district draws water from three wells and clean water from Nakamura Island.

Posted in Health @ 27 October 2012 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Baliís wet season due in October Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Baliís rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 08:01 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


Six airlines offer extra flights during Lebaran Six airlines have offered extra flights in anticipation of increased passenger traffic during the Lebaran holiday season, according to Air Transportation Director General Herry Bhakti.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2012 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office team arrests 21 fugitives The Attorney General`s Office (AGO) team has, up until early June 2012, caught 21 fugitives, Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Monday. He expressed appreciation for the performance of the team that successfully caught the fugitives. "I thank the team for carrying out its task well by catching the fugitives," Basrief said.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team rescues mountaineer from Mount Merapi A joint team of rescue workers successfully evacuated 19-year-old mountaineer Jumiko Apriansyah of Yogyakarta who slipped from Mount Merapi`s crater on Saturday night.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 April 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister denies increase in food prices Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has denied that food commodity prices are increasing in the run-up to the fuel oil price hike scheduled on April 1.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2012 06:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season predicted to start in May The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysic Agency (BMKG) has predicted that the dry season in Indonesia will begin in 342 season zones in May 2012.

Posted in Weather @ 26 February 2012 03:25 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


Death toll reaches 11 after floods, landslide in Central Java The death toll has risen to eleven after a flash flood and a landslide struck a small village in the Indonesian province of Central Java on Sunday, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 December 2011 03:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six killed as floods, landslide hit village in Central Java At least six people were killed on Sunday afternoon when flash floods and a landslide struck a small village in the Indonesian province of Central Java, officials said on late Monday. Several others remain missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 December 2011 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever outbreak in Sumatra, Indonesia kills 27 An ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in western Indonesia has killed at least 27 people in the past two months, officials said on Thursday. Hundreds more have been affected.

Posted in Health @ 15 December 2011 21:44 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


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the countryís national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 dead after ferry sinks in eastern Indonesia At least twelve people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a ferry boat sank in eastern Indonesia on early Saturday morning, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2011 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Accor Group to open 21 new hotels in Indonesia Accor has unveiled aggressive expansion plans in Indonesia, with 21 new hotels across its brands scheduled to open by 2014 in light of the archipelago's robust economy. The group will kick-off the string of openings with a 316-room Pullman property in the capital, the Pullman Jakarta Central Park, later this year.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2011 02:23 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


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


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia increases security measures after Church attacks Two recent attacks against churches in the Central Java province of Indonesia has prompted authorities to open investigations and step up their security measures in fear of further attacks as Christmas season begins, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2010 15:08 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Mount Merapi death toll reaches 273, eruptions easing down Indonesia's Mount Merapi death toll has increased to 273 after long weeks of constant eruptions, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 November 2010 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia: More than 7 million visitors for 2010 Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has stated he remains optimistic that national tourism arrivals for 2010 will surpass the declared target of 7 million. "I an convinced and optimistic that the target of 7 million foreign tourists will not only be achieved but also surpassed," said Wacik and quoted in Bisnis Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 October 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible power price hike already causes anger Planned increases in electrical rates paid by Indonesian businesses and private consumers are expected to place an unusual burden on Indonesia's low-cost Melati-class hotels who will find it problematic to increase their very low rates in order to pay higher power bills.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the countryís growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo river to be dammed The government has planned to build a Rp 800 billion (67million euro) dam named Bendung Gerak Sembayat in Bengawan Solo river, located between Lamongan and Gresik of East Java, says a minister. Djoko said the dam would be built immediately to counter floods during rainy season.

Posted in Economy @ 31 March 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead in North Sulawesi flash flood Incessant rain has caused floods in two remote villages in eastern Indonesia leaving eight people dead and 13 others missing. Health official Rustam Pakaya says flooding early Friday in Sulawesi province washed away 16 houses and damaged dozens of others.

Posted in Weather @ 23 January 2010 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


Passengers Singapore Airlines can fly to Yogyakarta and Makassar Singapore Airlines will bring passengers that are flying to Jakarta to Yogyakarta and Makassar by cooperating with Garuda Indonesia. The airline has announced this earlier. Passengers that fly to Jakarta via Singapore will make a short stop before the last leg of their trip to Jakarta with Singapore Airlines. From there, passengers will use Garuda Indonesia planes and services to continue their trip.

Posted in Travel @ 18 November 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Back in Yogya: crowds in the streets I moved from Yogya some five months ago now. I don't have any feeling that resembled homesickness, but it is not bad at all to be back here again for a few days. A few days back already I woke up when the bus had already left the area of Semarang, which meant that it was less than three hours traveling before the bus would drop us at one of the big intersections along the southern ring road of the city.

Posted in Travel @ 15 November 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 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


73 rivers in Bali have run dry The prolonged dry season currently being experienced in Bali is having profound impact on the island's ecology. As reported by Bali Post, of the 165 rivers found on the island, 73 have now run dry. Of the remaining 92 river still flowing, most of these are doing so with substantially reduced flow rates. Many of the dried-up rivers are in West Buleleng, East Buleleng, Kubu and Seraya areas of Bali.

Posted in Weather @ 25 October 2009 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of diseases feared in rainy West Sumatra Health officials said they were trying to keep disease at bay in the aftermath of the powerful quake that hit Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, as search and rescue efforts ground to a halt. Heavy rain drenched parts of West Sumatra on 5 October, bringing fresh air to some but more misery to thousands of people still living without adequate shelter after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain and cold weather hit Bali Although is still dry season, the southeastern part of Bali has seen unseasonably cold and wet weather caused by a so-called Madden-Julian oscillation in the higher stratosphere. An official from the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG said. Rain and low temperatures was the weather during the Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in Weather @ 23 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


12 hours per day without power nothing special as well Earlier today there was a blog item about the fact that some 7.500 villages all over Indonesia's most remote islands did not have power supply from the state power company PLN. But it can be much worse than that. In the civilized world that we call Riau, in Southern Sumatra at just a stones' throw away from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, they do have power lines, but no power.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism chief calls for end to custom's raids The Bali Tourism Service (DIPARDA) is urging the Bali Customs and Excise office to halt sweeping raids being conducted against Bali hotels and restaurants in the current drive to halt the sale of wine and liquor bearing counterfeit customs stamps.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2009 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesiaís alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher train ticket prices during coming holiday season During the year-end holidays, prices of train tickets will be hiked about 50.000 Rupiah per ticket on a one-way stretch. The raise in fares is mainly for executive class tickets for travel between December 19, 2008 and January 5, 2009. All executive class trains will have higher fares during this period.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2008 06:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 100 million trees this year Indonesia, which has been losing forests at a rapid pace in recent years, plans to plant 100 million trees across the country this year in an effort to limit deforestation, a forestry official said on Wednesday. Indonesia has lost an estimated 70 percent of its original frontier forest, but it still has a total forest area of more than 91 million hectares, with a host of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2008 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names two suspects in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission has named Mohammad Iqbal, a member of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission, and Billy Sindoro, President Director of First Media, as suspects for bribery less than a day after the arrest was made on them. Muhammad Iqbal is detained at Central Jakarta Police headquarters while Billy is detained in West Jakarta, both will be under police custody for 20 days.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2008 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small mud leak scares North Jakarta residents Residents of Kamalmuara, North Jakarta, were scared by the discovery of a small mud leak in the Tanjungan stream. The small mud leak is currently slowly increasing in size. According to information from Metro TV, the mud leak currently is some 20 centimeters high and 60 centimeters in diameter.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2008 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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