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Densus 88 arrests wanted terror suspect The polices anti-terrorist unit Densus 88, on Monday, arrested another wanted terror suspect linked to the Indonesian Eastern Mujahidin (MIT) network led by Santoso, who is now still at large.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 January 2015 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Densus 88 arrests suspected terrorist in East Java Police anti-terror squad Densus 88 arrested a suspected terrorist, Toni, in Lamongan district, East Java, on Sunday (December 21).

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 December 2014 22:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya administration cracks down on beggars The Surabaya city government in East Java is cracking down on street beggars and homeless drifters whose number continues to increase during the holy month of Ramadhan this year.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara erupts Mount Sangeang Api in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara, erupted on Friday at 03:55 p. m. local time spewing plumes of ash and smoke 3,000 meters westbound into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


732 Sinabung evacuees refuse to return home As many as 732 evacuees from Mount Sinabungs eruption in Karo district, North Sumatra, refused to leave the disaster command post at Telagah village in Langkat district on Wednesday. "We refuse to return to our villages unless we do that together," coordinator of evacuees Indra stated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 March 2014 17:38 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


18,000 evacuees Mount Sinabung eruption still in shelter Many evacuees from the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district have returned home, with nearly 18 thousand of them still taking shelter as of Saturday, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 February 2014 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some Kelud refugees choose to stay in shelter Some of refugees from Kediri Regency in East Java, have chosen to stay in the shelter although the government has reduced the Mount Kelud status to alert level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 February 2014 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kelud refugees not to risk returning home yet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the refugees of the Mount Kelud eruption not to risk going back home before the area is deemed safe.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 21:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mount Kelud volcano erupts A volcano on the main island of Indonesia has sent plumes of smoke and ash high into the air, while tens of thousands have gone to shelters for safety, the Antara state news agency reported Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter makes emergency landing in Central Java A helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather conditions at the Dukuh Jetis Square, Kadipaten Village, Andong, Boyolali District, Central Java, on Friday, though no casualties were reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 February 2014 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods again submerge parts of Jakarta Floods triggered by incessant heavy rains since Tuesday evening, submerged 21 urban villages ("kelurahan") in Jakarta on Wednesday morning. The number of flooded urban villages increased from 19 on Tuesday, to 21 on Wednesday, Head of the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation office (BPBD) Edy Junaedi Harahap stated.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2014 21:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of flood evacuees in Kudus return home Thousands of flood evacuees in Central Javas Kudus district returned home as the floodwaters began to recede. The floodwaters began to ebb in a number of affected areas including the Goleng hamlet in the Jati subdistrict, Head of the Kudus District Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Jumadi stated here on Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2014 23:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods sweep away seven houses in Kudus Flash floods have swept away seven houses and seriously damaged four others as the Gelis River overflowed in Kota Sub-district, Kudus District, Central Java, on Tuesday. The eleven houses were located on the banks of Gelis River, Adi Santoso, stated Demaan neighborhood head.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 January 2014 19:24 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


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 Indonesia’s 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


President will visit Sinabung refugees on January 23 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will visit the refugees of Mount Sinabung disaster in North Sumatra next week. "The President and I plan to visit the refugees on January 23," stated Ani Yudhoyono at the Presidential Office on Thursday during a speech at the Plenary Meeting of Wives of the United Indonesian Cabinet Solidarity (SIKIB).

Posted in General @ 16 January 2014 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House writes to Saudi government on overstayers The House of Representatives (DPR) has written a letter to the Saudi government over Indonesians overstaying their residence visas in that country and were now being accommodated at shelters, stated House Speaker Marzuki Alie.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2014 23:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides cut off Tomohon-Manado road Landslides damaged sections of the road between Tomohon and Manado in North Sulawesi, following incessant rains and strong winds that lashed the areas since Tuesday.

Posted in Weather @ 15 January 2014 19:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 10 reactions


Dozens believed to be buried by landslide Dozens of people are believed to have been buried by a landslide in North Sulawesi, on Wednesday. They sought shelter from the heavy rains at a house located on the section of the Tomohon-Manado Road when the landslide struck the house, a source stated.

Posted in Weather @ 15 January 2014 17:40 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


6000 overstaying Indonesians repatriated from Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 6,017 Indonesians, who had exceeded their permitted length of stay in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4,757 were still lodged in the Shumaysi Immigration Shelter.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police named four suspects in boat sinking The West Java police named four suspects in the case of boat carrying 204 illegal immigrants that sank in Indonesia`s Cianjur Selatan waters last Tuesday (July 23), police spokesman said. The boat carried a total of 204 asylum seekers from Srilanka, Iraq and Iran, 15 of them were found dead after the incident while the rest of 189 survived.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 July 2013 23:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Condition of many Indonesian migrant workers unknown The condition of hundreds of Indonesian female migrant workers in Egypt is still unknown as they had never reported their presence to the Indonesian embassy in Cairo, a diplomat said.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB to install tsunami early warning sirens in Bengkulu The Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is to install six tsunami early warning sirens in six districts of Bengkulu, an official said. The sirens installment is a part of the tsunami shelter development program which will cost around Rp68 billion (6.8 million US dollar).

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 June 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia Asylum seekers including the Rohingyas from Myanmar now being accommodated in Medan, North Sumatra, have asked for their dispatch to Australia or New Zealand.One of the Rohingya refugees, M Habib (32), said here on Tuesday that he did not care where he would be taken to as the most important thing was leaving the present temporary shelter.

"For us the important thing is leaving the present shelter," he said. He said it would all be up to the UNHCR that has so far taken care of them. He said the Rohingyas were not interested in money but clear status and countries that are willing to assure their security.

Habib said they have so far been declared as refugees but no country has been willing to accept them after leaving conflict in their home country. "It is impossible to return to Myanmar as his mother, brothers and sisters and other families have all left following the clash. Relatives have also died," he said.

Tens of Rohingyas recently visited the UNHCR office on Jalan Babura Lama in Medan to demand for their immediate dispatch to Australia or other countries.

Another Rohingya refugee, Zaid Husein (28) said he could not stop wondering why the UNHCR office in Medan did not care about the Myanmarese refugees living in the shelter on Pasar II, Jaln Jamin Gintin, numbering in the hundred who have been living there for four years.

Refugees from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Iran who have stayed in the shelter for more than a year meanwhile have all asked to be sent to Australia and New Zealand. "The UNHCR`s inaction was regrettable as the Rohingyas have long been staying in Medan and hoping to be sent to a foreign country," Husein said.

Posted in General @ 09 April 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Navy ready to face Indonesian exodus from Sabah The Indonesian Navy is ready to deploy warships to ferry Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) from Sabah, Malaysia, if an exodus takes place in connection with the conflict between Malaysia and the Philippines` Sulu Sultanate.

Posted in Military @ 13 March 2013 16:21 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


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 60 thousand evacuated due to floods in Karawang Over 60 thousand residents have been evacuated in Karawang district, West Java, due to floods in 80 villages, 23 subdisricts, Karawang district Head Ade Swara said here on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry provides Rp4.5 bln for Jakarta floods The Ministry of Social Affairs has provided Rp4.5 billion for the need to prepare buffer stocks for flood handling in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2013 11:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood in front of Hotel Indonesia not yet receded Flood in front of Hotel Indonesia roundabout has not yet receded until Thursday (Jan 17) night. ANTARA learned that the 20 centimeter-high water is still surrounding the area that`s located in Thamrin main road.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2013 00:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta in state of emergency following flood Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo here on Thursday announced the capital city is in the state of emergency following flood that hit most of its areas since Wednesday (Jan 16).

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 15:39 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


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


504 houses inundated by flood in Banten Province Some 504 houses in Pandeglang district, Banten province, have been inundated by floods since Monday night, with floodwaters reaching a height of 1-2 metres, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 December 2012 19:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sulawesi ready to face tsunami Thee regencies in North Sulawesi already have contingency plan to face natural disasters especially tsunami, the Regional Natural Disaster Control Agency (BPBD) said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 September 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two found dead in West Sumatra landslide Two people were found dead on Wednesday night after being buried in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang earlier in the day.

Posted in Weather @ 13 September 2012 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


900,000 people in tsunami danger zone in West Sumatra The National Disaster Control Agency (BNPB) said at least 900,000 people in West Sumatra live in areas within tsunami dangerous zone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2012 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officers questioned over immigrant-smuggling attempt Two police officers from the East Lombok resort police command, West Nusa Tenggara, are being questioned over their alleged involvement in a Somalian and Eritrean immigrant-smuggling attempt to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 April 2012 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Acehnese people more prepared for tsunami threat Some residents in the district of Meulaboh in Aceh claim to have been more prepared to face the tsunami disaster and preferred to observe natural signs before seeking shelter, which was proven when an earthquake measuring magnitude 8.5 rocked the Aceh province on Wednesday (April 4).

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:35 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


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wall collapses in Indonesia's South Sulawesi, killing 11 Eleven people were killed on Sunday afternoon when a wall enclosing a housing construction project collapsed in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, officials said on Monday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2011 22:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2011 11:40 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


Thousands more evacuate as Mount Lokon erupts again Thousands more evacuated on late Thursday evening when Mount Lokon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi erupted again in full force, triggering panic among locals, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 July 2011 02:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


13 people killed in flash floods in Papua, Indonesia The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Friday informed that thirteen people have been killed in the flash floods that affected Papua, Indonesia.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 April 2011 17:53 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Cold lava flood from Mount Merapi buries 21 homes At least 21 houses were buried on Saturday night by a flood of volcanic material from Mount Merapi in Indonesia's Central Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 March 2011 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami after Japan quake kills one in Indonesia A tsunami generated as a result of an enormous earthquake that struck off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday left one person dead in Indonesia, local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 March 2011 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono orders Indonesians in Egypt evacuated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Indonesia will evacuate its citizens from Egypt on military and commercial aircraft as soon as possible. "If we can leave for Egypt tonight, we will," Yudhoyono said last night, as reported by Antara news agency.

Posted in Protests @ 01 February 2011 01:54 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


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


Tsunami survivors still lack adequate shelter One month after a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia's southern Mentawai islands, shelter for the more than 11,000 people affected remains a critical challenge, aid workers and officials say. "The most urgent need for people affected by the tsunami is housing and restoring their livelihoods," Andi Hanindito, head of emergency response with the Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2010 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic refugees in church = problem with Islamic radicals Even a thank you was too much to ask when a small group of Islamic radicals, dressed in white, reported themselves to the Ganjuran church in Bambanglipuro, Bantul to make sure that the group of Islamic evacuees left the church grounds as soon as possible because there was a danger of them being converted to Christianity by the church.

Posted in Religion @ 16 November 2010 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Death toll rises to 191 in Merapi eruptions The death toll in Indonesia's Mount Merapi eruptions risen to 191 on Wednesday as international airlines again cancel and postpone routes to and from the region. Disaster management officials confirmed the number of deaths since Merapi began making strong eruptions late last month. In addition, over 340,000 people are currently staying in temporary camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Refugee camps full, people forced to sleep in trucks The ever increasing number of refugees caused by the erupting Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is causing refugee shelters in the district of Magelang to be flooded with refugees. Most of them are now forced to just stay near one of the shelters instead of finding shelter inside one of them.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


135 dead and almost 300.000 evacuated over Mount Merapi eruption The total number of casualties caused by the ongoing eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java has risen to 135. This was announced by a government agency earlier this afternoon, but it is very likely that this number will increase futher because several areas can not be searched and the volcano is showing no signs of cooling down.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2010 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after renewed eruption of Mount Merapi volcano Panic broke out among the population after the most recent large eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano late in the evening. The chaos caused traffic problems in which at least two people died. A spokesperson of the Red Cross has confirmed this.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 02:45 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


Mentawai tsunami death toll rises to 413, almost 300 still missing The latest death toll in the remote Indonesian islands of Mentawai after the tsunami caused by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 413 with 298 people still missing, 267 critically injured, and another 142 suffering minor injuries, officials said Friday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 October 2010 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU provides 1.5 million in aid for tsunami and volcano victims The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced that its Commission will be providing €1.5 million ($2 million) in humanitarian assistance to survivors of the tsunami in Mentawai and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Java.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conflict in Tarakan displaces 32,000 people About 32,000 have been displaced by days of ethnic conflict in the East Kalimantan city of Tarakan. The refugees are being sheltered at police and military facilities as well as school buildings across the city, a security officer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Violence @ 30 September 2010 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts once more The Mount Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday, it is the strongest in the five eruptions in the last two weeks, shooting ashes 5,000 metres into the air, but there is no report of casualties. The eruption sent hot ash rain toward south-east of Mount Sinabung, located in Karo district of North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2010 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video of ash plume over Sinabung volcano The Mount Sinabung volcano, that was quiet for 4 centuries shot a new, powerful burst of hot ash more than three kilometres into the air, sending frightened residents fleeing to safety for the 2nd time this week. The tremor from the eruption - the strongest so far - could be felt 8 km away. The eruption on Sunday and Monday - which caught many scientists off guard - forced 30-thousand people living along its fertile slopes in North Sumatra province to evacuate to cramped emergency shelters in nearby towns.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 September 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 20.000 evacuated after Sinabung eruption Since the eruption of the Sinabung volcano in the Karo district in North Sumatra yesterday around midnight, thousands of people have been brought to safety. Several dozen villages on the slopes of the erupting volcano have been evacuated and residents have found shelter in nearby cities like Kabanjahe and Berastagi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 August 2010 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspected terrorists raided before Ramadan As in previous year the police has been busy netting suspected terrorists. This just days before the official start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. The police has already apprehended two suspected terrorists in Jakarta earlier this week. The government wants to make clear that they are in control and that terrorism is not tolerated in this country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2010 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Concerns about military operations in Puncak Jaya region Reports from the Puncak Jaya region, inside the central highlands of West Papua, indicate that Indonesian security forces, principally the militarized police BRIMOB, have launched actions against the small, armed Free Papua Movement (OPM). In May, security force spokespersons warned that if the local OPM leader, Goliat Tabuni, did not surrender by June 28, major operations would be launched to capture him and his small force.

Posted in Military @ 19 June 2010 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Elephants run amok in Riau village again A group of elephants has run amok again in a village in Riau province. They have trampled at least four houses in their rage. Based on information from villagers, the elephants have already trampled to death one villager last Saturday. The four houses are on a main migration route for the large animals. Residents of the houses have found shelter elsewhere.

Posted in Environment @ 15 June 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds in shelter after flood hit Manado Flood inundated hundreds of houses in a number of subdistricts in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado following a heavy downpour on Saturday, Antara reported. The disaster affected the subdistricts of Paal 2, Ternate Tanjung, Ternate Baru and Komo, forcing residents to seek shelter at churches, mosques and relatives' houses.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 May 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign prisoner becomes Indonesian problem A foreigner which is currently ending his jail term in a prison in Tanjungpinang in Riau Islands province after he was convicted of stealing fish from the seas around Natuna, has lost his nationality. This is causing problems for Indonesia. The man, is only known as the 30-year-old Lyce, according to the head of the immigration office in Tanjungpinang.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi villager killed by tiger A 25-year-old resident from Sponjen village in the Muarojambi district in Jambi province has been killed after he was attacked by a tiger. Darmilus, the victim, was in a hut in the forest not far from his village when he was attacked. The village head said that Darmilus, together with six others, went to the area to catch fish.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 March 2010 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead when lightning strikes Lightning has killed five people and seriously injured another as it struck a hut near a rice field in Kampuang Caniago village in the West Sumatra regency of Agam, Antara news agency reported. The survivor, Nofi Alizar, 12, is in a critical condition at M. Jamil Hospital due to severe burns in his back following the accident on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2010 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The umbrella-kids near the bridge Yesterday in the late afternoon I was still in Jakarta. Not entirely according to my own planning, but those things are very hard to plan in this country, and even then there is not a real problem, because there is always another way to enjoy yourself and to get home as well.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2009 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali needs a HIV/AIDS care center HIV/AIDS activist in Bali have called on Bali's administration to establish a special rehabilitation center for people suffering from the disease.

Posted in Health @ 30 November 2009 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video: Eruption of Mount Karangetang volcano The Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau in North Sulawesi has erupted again early this morning. The volcano started erupting last Thursday, but the intensity of the eruption is still growing. The volcano shot lava and molten rock as high as two kilometers in the air. Authorities have started to organise emergency shelters for those living on the slopes of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2009 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


72 TKW evacuated from Kuwait The Agency for the Protection of Indonesians, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian embassy in Kuwait have brought home 72 so-called TKW ('female Indonesian workers abroad') that requested help from the embassy. All 72 TKW arrived with a Singapore Airlines flight. They are part of a group of 646 TKW which are currently in shelter in the Indonesian embassy in Kuwait.

Posted in Economy @ 26 October 2009 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra quake survivors receive temporary shelters The Indonesian government and aid agencies have begun building temporary shelters for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by last month's earthquake in West Sumatra Province. The 7.6 magnitude earthquake on 30 September left 1,117 people dead, more than 1,200 seriously injured and over 135,000 homes badly damaged or destroyed.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 October 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diseases strike West Sumatra quake survivors Survivors of a severe earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province have developed illnesses caused by poor living conditions, say medical workers, while shelter and food remain key concerns almost two weeks after the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 October 2009 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors in dire need of shelter As relief efforts are ramped up following the West Sumatra earthquake on 30 September, aid groups have warned that thousands of survivors of an earlier quake on the Indonesian island of Java are facing health risks unless they receive adequate shelter.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 October 2009 01:33 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


One dead in Serang whirlwind One resident of the village of Domas, in the underdistrict of Pontang in Serang, has been killed by a whirlwind that touched down in the village around 19:30 local time last night. The victim, Sukenah (50) died of a heart attack when he heard the village was about to be hit by a whirlwind.

Posted in Weather @ 06 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid trickles in as Yudhoyono visits quake-hit area As the death toll of last Wednesdays large earthquake has reached 57 and disaster tourists are flocking to he heavily damaged areas like Tasikmalaya, the government has also started bringing aid to those in need in the worst-affected areas. Priyadi Kardono, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), has said that among the dead were 21 people from Cianjur. They were buried in a landslide triggered by the earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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