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Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta to repair 50 km of Merapi evacuation road The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said the government will repair the 50-kilometer evacuation road that was damaged by the plying of trucks from a sand mine near Mount Merapi of Yogyakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 02 May 2014 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire razes block 3 of Jakarta's Senen Market A fire razed the second and third floors of Block 3 of Senen Market, Central Jakarta, Friday, prompting Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to visit the scenes. The Jakarta fire brigade deployed more than 30 fire trucks to extinguish the big fire that has been razing for hours since around 4 am local time.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 April 2014 11:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons Bawazier as witness in Wawan case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former finance minister and chairman of the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura)s Advisory Board Fuad Bawazier as a witness in a money-laundering case involving Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) or Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 April 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK seizes six trucks from Wawan The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated six trucks from money-laundering and corruption suspect Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan, the antigraft bodys spokesman, Johan Budi, said.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks used to clear out volcanic ash in Yogyakarta Dozens of trucks belonging to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) were deployed to clear out the volcanic ash spewed by Mount Kelud, which erupted on Thursday night.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 22:20 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


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozen of houses catch fire in Tambora At least 17 houses at densely populated residence of Tambora, West Jakarta caught fire early Saturday but there was no immediate report about casualty or material losses so far.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2013 11:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam extends 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway Slow procession of Lebaran holiday home-bound travelers extended as far as 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway in Bandarlampung, Lampung Province, on Monday morning.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2013 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police uncover illegal selling of subsidized oil to industry Jakarta police have uncovered illegal selling of subsidized diesel fuel to an industry in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 19 June 2013 18:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State Secretariat building catches fire The main building of the State Secretariat caught fire 5 pm on Thursday. Almost all parts of the main building, which sits side-by-side with the State Palace, were burned down. The fire flame almost licked the roof of the building.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 March 2013 19:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 killed in Cianjur tour bus accident  Going downhill at high speed in Cianjur, West Java, a tour bus hit a rocky hillside, leaving 12 people dead, 12 sustained severe injury, and tens other had minor injury, according to a report on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2013 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta beaches littered with trash Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Bali’s popular Kuta Beach. The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army special force command help Jakarta flood victims Personnel of the Indonesian Army`s Special Force Command (Kopassus) have been deployed to help evacuate flood victims in several parts of Jakarta. Kopassus Commander Major General Agus Sutomo said here on Thursday that he deployed among other things two detachments of personnel and two trucks.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 21:18 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


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire razes warehouse in north Jakarta A fire razed a warehouse on Jalan RE Martadinata in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on Friday night but it claimed no lives, a firefighter said.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 October 2012 12:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team detects wreckage of sunken ferry boat A Search and Rescue (SAR) team on Saturday night detected the wreckage of Bahuga Jaya ferry boat that sank in Sunda Strait on Wednesday. The wreckage of the ferry boat was detected at a depth of 76 meters below sea level, coordinator of the SAR team Saidar S Jaya said here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 01 October 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil sugar smuggling attempt A joint team of police and military personnel successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle 18 tonnes of sugar from Malaysia into Indonesia on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2012 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire destroys central market in Bangli The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012. The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to face severe traffic jams by 2014, says official The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works has warned that Jakarta will face severe traffic congestion by 2014 due to the growing number of vehicles that exceed road capacity.

Posted in General @ 13 September 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 illegal immigrants plan to go to Australia Ciemas Police Sector chief Adjunct Police Commissioner Sumaryoto said 47 illegal Afghan immigrants wanted to cross to Christmas Island, Australia, from Ciemas waters.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2012 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police on standby for anti-fuel hike rallies The Jakarta Police Department, Polda Metro Jaya, said that they are on standby for the anticipated anti-fuel price hike rallies in the capital until April 5."After April 5, the Jakarta police will end its duty of guarding the fuel hike rallies," said the Jakarta Police`s spokesperson Rikwanto here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 March 2012 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years demanded for former home affairs minister A Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor on Friday demanded five years in jail for former home affairs minister Hari Sabarno for allegedly abusing his authority in the procurement of fire trucks.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 December 2011 05:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters rescue seven from burning building in Jakarta Seven people were rescued from a burning building in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday evening, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2011 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Overloaded trucks destroying Bali's roads The poor state of many roads in Bali is blamed on the blatant disregard of maximum weight limitations by trucks traveling the island's thoroughfares. According to Beritabali.com, an estimated 90% of these trucks are in violation of the maximum weight limitations imposed on every vehicle.

Posted in Culture @ 17 April 2011 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks and bulldozers clean Bali's Kuta beach Over two dozen garbage trucks and two loaders were dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach last week to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2011 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Minister of Home Affairs arrested for corruption Hari Sabarno, former Minister of Home Affairs, on Friday was arrested for his involvement in a corruption case, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2011 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali traffic jams endanger tourism Bali Tourism leaders are warning that tourist may eventually abandon Bali unless urgent action is taken to resolve the island's worsening traffic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 February 2011 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage after fire rages Novotel Surabaya A fire that raged the Novotel Surabaya building has caused heavy damage to mainly the roof of the building. The fire, that broke out during the early hours of today, caused some panic among guests staying in the hotel. Most of them were asleep when the fire started. All guests were soon evacuated from the hotel along Jalan Ngagel in the city.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 November 2010 01:58 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


Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 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


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Again fire at traditional market A large fire has razed in big parts of the Pasar Ujung traditional market in the city of Bandung in West Java province last night. Some hundred permanent and temporary units were destroyed completely. Short circuit is seen as the most probable cause of the fire, which started in one of the shops selling general supplies.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 January 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mampang traditional market destroyed by fire A big fire at the traditional market of Mampang, along Jalan Bangka IX in Jakarta, has destroyed the market completely. The fire brigade received information about the fire around midnight local time and sent 17 fire trucks to the location to battle the flames. Around two o'clock in the morning, the fire had largely been put out and fire crew was busy cooling down the smoldering remains of the market.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2009 00:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 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


90 illegal street racers fined in Jakarta The traffic police in the Greater Jakarta area has fined some 90 illegal street racers at several places in Jakarta early this morning. The police held raids on several locations where street races normally occur. Owners of 18 driver licenses and 72 STNK (vehicle registration cards) were handed out fines.

Posted in General @ 30 August 2009 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coal truck drivers on strike in Bengkulu Around 120 truck drivers that normally transport coal in the city of Bengkulu have gone on strike. They also parked their trucks in front of the house of the mayor of Bengkulu. The protesters demand to have a meeting with the mayor. Until then they will not transport coal from the Pulai Baai mooring place anymore. Local residents have stopped trucks from using main roads in the city because they are blamed for the bad roads.

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in restaurant fire Kedoya, Jakarta A fire that hit a small restaurant selling soto lamongan in Jalan Pilar Mas, Kedoya, West Jakarta, has killed seven people. The fire started at around 04:40 local time. The fire was eventually put out when 13 fire trucks had arrived at the location. A spokesperson of the fire department confirmed that there were seven people killed in the fire.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 July 2009 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big fire destroys five shops at Pasar Baru A big fire that started yesterday afternoon and was only put out in the early days of this morning destroyed at least five shops in the Pasar Baru (or Passer Baroe as the old Dutch name is still used here) district in North Jakarta. The fire was hard to extinguish, so 28 fire trucks were sent to the location to combat the fire. According to a spokesperson of the city's Fire Department, the fire was said to have started around five in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4.000 homeless after fire destroys 600 houses in Ternate A fire that destroyed hundreds of houses did not only cause a lot of financial damage, but id also destroyed the houses of some 4.000 residents in the neighborhood of Makassar Timur in the district of Ternate Tengah in North Maluku province. The big fire started around 21:00 local time (GMT+8) Thursday evening and eventually destroyed 557 houses. No one was killed in the fire however.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of shops burned down at Cibatu traditional market As much as 220 shops at the Pasar Cibatu traditional market in Cibatu, Garut district, and six houses of residents nearby were lost as the result of a huge fire last evening. The fire started just before six o'clock in the evening. There were no injuries in this accident, but the damage runs into the billions of Rupiah's. Based on information at the scene, the fire started in one of the shops which was next to a local health care center.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One million cubic meters of trash and only one place to go Kompas.com reports that each month some 75,000 cubic meters of trash and waste materials - a figure approaching 1 million cubic meters in a year - are generated by the people living in Bali's capital of Denpasar and surrounding areas.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2009 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No embassy in Bandung, demonstration at German cultural institute Some 50 students united in the Pancasila Student Front West Java (Front Mahasiswa Pancasila Jawa Barat) organized a demonstration in front of the German cultural Goethe Institute in Jalan. R.E. Martadinata in Bandung earlier today. They were forced to hold their demonstration there, because Bandung does not have a representative office or embassy which could be the gathering place for their protests against Israel.

Posted in Protests @ 06 January 2009 15:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Former West Java governor arrested by anti-corruption agency Since July 21, the former governor of West Java province, Danny Setiawan, was kept as a suspect by the anti-corruption agency KPK in a case related to heavy equipment and fire trucks bought by the West Java government with state funds in 2004. Yesterday, Danny Setiawan was officially arrested by the KPK.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 November 2008 00:33 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


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses burned down in Jakarta A big fire in a crowded residential neighborhood in Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jakarta, has caused some 1,500 to be forced to look for another place to stay. There are some 800 families which houses were burned down, according to Sudarmono. To house the victims of this fire, the Indonesian Red Cross and the regional government will put up army tents.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2008 08:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.500 police arrest 49 members of radical Islamic FPI An overwhelming police force of some 1.500 personnel have finally made 49 arrests among members of the radical Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) in Jakarta after last Sundays attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city. The arrests were done in an orderly manner without any resistance from members of the FPI. The action was directly overseen by the head of the police of Metro Jaya, the Greater Jakarta police, Adang Firman. He first just wanted to arrest 10 people.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of police search for FPI members Hundreds of police have gathered at the location of the office of FPI in central Jakarta earlier this morning. Just after six in the morning local time dozens of trucks showed up in Jalan Petamburan Raya. Local residents reported that dozens of trucks rolled in the streets just after dawn.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 02:50 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


Huge fire rips through West Jakarta neighborhood A huge fire broke out early this morning in Siapang Street, Pasar Boncos area in West Jakarta. The fire broke out around half past one in the morning and originated in a trash bin at a residence. The fire soon spread through the neighborhood since the hot weather helped spread the the fire. At the end hundreds of houses in three areas were completely destroyed.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2008 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty kilometers of traffic jam between Pati and Rembang The floods that hit the area of Pati, Central Java, cause the main road along the northern coast to be jammed with traffic. The road from Pati to Rembang is completely jammed. At Saturday the total traffic jam reached up to 20 kilometers. The road is flooded with half a meter to up to a meter of water. Many freight trucks and other vehicles haven't moved for two days now.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2008 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo hall owned by Kereta Api burns down completely A cargo hall which was owned by PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) at Jalan Halim in the city of Medan, northern Sumatra, has burned down. The fire spread fast and destroyed the long building which is normally used as a place to spend time and to do sports completely. To put out the fire, nine fire trucks from the local government in Medan were rushed to the scene. The hot raging fire was hard to put out, and within a very short time the cargo hall burned down completely.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2008 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses flooded with seawater in North Jakarta Emergency repairs to a dam in Muara Karang, northern Jakarta, that earlier broke are still in progress. The dam is being closed with bags of sand. This dam was built to prevent high tides from entering the area, but now it has broken, hundreds of houses in the area are in around one meter of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 28 November 2007 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 2 According to the Head of Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, who leads an assessment mission in Blitar, the activity of the Mount Kelud volcano is still increasing. The level of volcanic tremors has nevertheless decreased over the last day. The deformation process of the crater is also increasing, thus the eruption continues to be imminent. BAKORNAS PB reported that mud and poisonous gases are likely to be emitted from the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No food in evacuation camps; people return to dangerous slopes Hundreds of villages which evacuated themselves from the dangerous slopes of the Mount Kelut volcano just last night, headed back home again earlier today from their refugee camps to tend their crops and animals despite warnings of an imminent major eruption. Yesterday as many as 50,000 people started evacuating after the alert status of the volcano was placed on the highest possible level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Gamkonora volcano Mount Gamkonora, located in South Ibu Sub-district, West Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, erupted yesterday at 14:50 hrs East Indonesian Time or 12:50 Jakarta time. Mount Gamkonora is located 3.5 hours from Ternate, capital of North Maluku Province. The mountain spewed cold lava and the dust is now piling up to 30 cm high with the radius of around 7.5 km from the epicenter. The Center for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has increased the level of alertness from Level III to Level IV (the highest one) since yesterday. SATKORLAK PB reported that there have been five eruptions since 07:30 Jakarta time this morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 July 2007 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta flood victims face stinking garbage, mud Thousands of residents of the Indonesian capital began returning to their homes on Wednesday as flood waters receded, but they faced a huge task clearing up streets and homes caked in stinking garbage and mud. The death toll from the floods, the worst for at least five years, rose to 50 people, a health ministry official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Nations ready to assist flood-stricken Indonesia The United Nations agencies stand ready to support the Government of Indonesia in response to the severe flooding that has affected the capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in recent days.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia floods drive timber prices Massive flooding in Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's top two exporters of tropical timber, has forced timber prices up sharply, according to a new industry report. "The incessant rainfall and widespread flooding drove prices for Malaysian timber products sharply up," the International Tropical Timber Organisation was quoted by AFP as saying in its latest newsletter.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


122 survivors of ill-fated MV Senopati rescued A total of 122 survivors of the ill-fated MV Senopati, which sank in the vicinity of Mandalika island in the Java Sea in the wee hours of Saturday, were rescued up to Sunday morning, a radio report said on Sunday. Fishermen found 18 other survivors on Sunday Monday morning, adding the total number of survivors to 122, but around 400 others were still missing, El-Shinta radio station reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 06:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly €15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta six months after the quake Six months after a powerful earthquake reduced much of two Indonesian provinces to rubble, IOM is still building thousands of temporary homes, providing support services to badly injured survivors and transporting hundreds of metric tons of supplies into the quake-affected areas. The 27 May, 6.3 magnitude quake struck at dawn off the coast of Java, killing 6,000 people and injuring 50,000 more in densely populated Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces. Entire villages were levelled, leaving an estimated 1.5 million homeless.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 November 2006 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100 million chickens vaccinated against bird flu The Indonesian government has vaccinated about 140 million chickens against bird flu, which account for only 10 percent of the total of 1.4 billion chickens across the country, an official said. The vaccination has to be optimized to prevent a bird flu epidemic in Indonesia, Antara news agency Friday quoted National Commission's expert panel member Amin Soebandrio as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 November 2006 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to send troops to Lebanon, Congo Indonesia has not only been making preparation to send troops which will join United Nations peac keeping force in Lebanon but also to deploy a taskforce of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) to continue a peace mission in Congo. The taskforce members that are going to be dispatched to Congo will be recruited from an army engineer detachment, TNI said in a statement made available Saturday.

Posted in Military @ 27 August 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt drops relief supplies in flood-hit area Helicopters dropped relief supplies on Sunday to thousands of victims of flooding and landslides on Sulawesi island, officials said. Some 10,000 people have been displaced following two days of torrential rain at the start of the week that flattened homes and turned swathes of land into vast lakes of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prayers in Java as looters hinder quake aid Survivors of the Indonesian earthquake have held their first prayers since the disaster after looters raided aid convoys bringing food and medicines to stranded victims. As thousands flocked to mosques across Central Java, many survivors who had spent six nights in the open were still waiting for help as trucks loaded with badly-needed supplies were ambushed en route, a disaster relief official said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 08:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors wait patiently for help Muddin gently tries to lift his injured two-year-old daughter from the hospital trolley she shares with her injured mother and five-year-old brother. The half-naked little girl is hot and crying. Iksanu Khoirun Nisa wants her father, but the drip in her arm -- held in place by a piece of cardboard and bandage -- and her splinted leg makes it difficult, so instead he fans her with an old box.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas clouds shoot down Mount Merapi volcano Clouds of deadly ash, rock fragments and hot gas surged down Mount Merapi's slopes Monday as activity intensified to the highest level since the volcano rumbled back to life weeks ago. One eruption sent an avalanche of debris and ash rolling more than 2 miles down the mountain's western flank, said Ratdomopurbo, the region's chief vulcanologist. It was followed by several other huge explosions.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano explodes with gas, ash Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano exploded with clouds of hot gas and ash rain early on Monday, sending some villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Grey ash covered some vegetation and rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 kms (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers return to slopes of Merapi despite threat Mount Merapi belched out massive clouds of black smoke and lava flows scorched fresh scars in its slopes, but many villagers ignored warnings of a major eruption and returned home to tend animals and crops. Even as the volcano's activity increased, scores of curious onlookers traveled by motorcycle, car and foot to its slopes, eager to see from a safe distance the mountain's awesome power.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Java prepares to evacuate as volcano trembles Indonesia prepared to evacuate thousands of villagers on Monday after a massive volcano in the heart of densely populated Java island started spewing thick clouds of smoke and hot lava, officials said. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Jogjakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears of an eruption due to an increase in the number of tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 April 2006 15:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Activists to continue 'surveying' foreigners Twenty-seven Muslim activists, who were released by police in Bandung on Saturday after being detained for "disturbing" foreign nationals during a protest, vowed to continue with their actions. The activists said they would continue distributing questionnaires to foreign nationals to gauge their opinions of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Protests @ 26 February 2006 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ferry sinks in heavy seas, scores rescued An Indonesian naval vessel rescued scores of survivors in the early hours of Wednesday after a ferry carrying more than 100 people sank in heavy seas in the country's east overnight, port officials said. The navy ship had picked up 74 people, one port official, Marthen Manu, said. After initial sunny skies, heavy rain had whipped up the seas again, hindering rescue efforts, he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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