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Residents urged to follow Mount Slamet danger zone ban Head of the Geological Agency Surono appealed to the villagers residing around Mount Slamet to abide by the danger zone limit, set at a four-kilometer radius from the peak, following increased activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 May 2014 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Lapindo has to compensate Sidoarjo disaster' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has reminded PT Lapindo Brantas of compensation that has to be settled with the victim of gas mud in Sidoarjo, East Java. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that Lapindo, not the state, is responsible for paying the compensation for the victims of the disaster several years earlier, Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 April 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long croc captured in Bangka A four-meter long crocodile weighing almost 300 kilograms was captured by villagers of Gedong, Belinyu district, Bangka Belitung Province, on Thursday. "I and other residents managed to catch the four-meter long crocodile by using a mangrove monkey as bait to lure it," stated Mang Yasak, a Sungailiat resident here on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Angry Mount Kelud sends volcanic ashes Areas around Magelang in Central Java were showered with volcanic ashes until Friday morning believed to come from angry Mount Kelud in East Java. Mount Kelud, one of the most active volcano mountain in Indonesia, erupted twice again on Thursday nights at 22.56 and 23.30 local time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports closed over Mount Kelud eruption Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday, closed three international airports and sent thousands fleeing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 villagers killed by molten debris from Mount Sinabung At least 14 villagers were killed on Saturday by volcanic debris spewed by Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 February 2014 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung eruption isolates villages in Karo A number of villages in Namanteran Subdistrict, Karo District, North Sumatra, are now isolated as vehicles are hampered to reach the areas due to volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung eruption that blocks access roads.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 January 2014 15:07 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


Mount Marapi in West Sumatra erupts again Mount Marapi, which is located in the Tanahdatar and Agam districts in the West Sumatra Province, erupted again on Wednesday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2013 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in connection with student brawl in Sukabumi Four senior high school students have been found dead in connection with a recent student brawl in Karangtengah, Sukabumi, West Java. The bodies of Muhamad Rizki Fadilah (17), Faizi Akbar (16), Indrianto (17), and Randika Febriansyah (15) were found by villagers living around the Cimahi river.

Posted in Violence @ 11 November 2013 16:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor demands seven months jail for FPI members in riot The Semarang court prosecutor on Thursday demanded a seven-month jail term for two members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for their alleged involvement in clashes with the locals in the Sukorejo sub-district last July.

Posted in Violence @ 24 October 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All Mount Sinabung refugees return home All refugees of Mount Sinabung eruption have been allowed to return home upon the decrease of the North Sumatra volcano`s alert status. Jhonson Tarigan, spokesperson for Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation, said the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) lowered the volcano`s alert status from level III to level II on Sunday (Sept 29).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 September 2013 18:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of illegal immigrants dead after boat capsized Dozens of illegal immigrants from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq have been reported drowned after their boat capsized in the Agrabinta waters in South Cianjur, West Java, on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 September 2013 22:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts again Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday at 12:13 p.m. West Indonesian Standard Time, spewing volcanic ash and thick smoke five kilometres into the air. The highest mountain in North Sumatra (2,600 metres) had erupted at 2:51 a.m. on Sunday forcing people to flee.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five hospitalized after Sinabung eruption in Tanah Karo Five people have to be hospitalized in the North Sumatra city of Kabanjahe after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sunday. Jhonson Tarigan, a spokesman of the Sinabung Disaster Control Agency said the five people suffered difficulty in breathing after inhaling volcanic ashes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 September 2013 11:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Ambon villagers killed in landslide At least two villagers were killed on Tuesday in landslide in the village of Batu Merah, Ambon, the Maluku regional disaster control agency (BPBD) said. Heavy downpour since Monday night triggered the landslide falling on a rented house with 8 people inside, Kifly Wakanno, secretary of the regional BPBD , said.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 11:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit Timor island Flash floods hit five districts on Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, following heavy rains over the past one week, a local official said. The floods swept away 47 houses and damaged around 126 others, Tini Thadeus, the head of NTT`s disaster mitigation agency, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2013 12:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides trapped cars in Bengkulu highway Rain-triggered landslides blocked and trapped a number of cars and motorcycles along a highway between the districts of Bengkulu Utara and Lebong.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic tremors still shaking timbang crater continuously The Banjarnegara Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said several tremors had continuously shaken Timbang Crater in Sumber Rejo Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java from Sunday to Monday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 April 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rokatenda eruption forces 2,675 people to take refuge Some 2,675 residents of Palue Island, Sikka and Ende Districts, East Nusa Tenggara Province, were forced to take refuge as Mount Rokatenda has erupted since Saturday evening.

Around 1,552 refugees are inhabitants of Sikka and the rest from Ende, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said here on Wednesday. They have taken refuge in Maumere, the capital of Sikka, and Maurole, Ende District.


Inhabitants of five villages on Palue Island, however, have refused to leave their villages despite the volcanic eruption. Food and clean water have been distributed to the refugees as well as villagers who have decided to stay in their homes.


Mt Rokatenda erupted on Saturday evening and spewed ash into the sky at a height of between 3.000-4.000 meters above the sea level. The volcanic ash fell as mud rains into four districts on Flores Island, namely Maumere, Ende, Nagekeo and Ngada. The emergency status of Mt Rokatenda eruption has been raised to alert status (level III).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 February 2013 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of new Bali prison halted over budget issues Plans announced by the government to commence the construction of a prison to house narcotics offenders in Bangli are now stuck, with only an empty field and walls for the prison occupying the designated site in Banjar Buungan in Desa Tiga.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor spends night at poor woman's home Baliís governor, Made Mangku Pastika caused considerable comment among the public and the press when, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, did a sleep over at the house of a poor woman in North Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Flooding @ 26 December 2012 06:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll of Mamasa floods rise to 14 The number of dead victims of flash floods and landslides that hit East Batangharu village, Mamasa district, West Sulawesi province on Thursday, has until Sunday risen to 14 while three others are still reported missing. Mamasa District Head Ramlan Badawi said here on Sunday that besides the 17 victims, two others were still in the local healthcare center for a medical treatment.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 November 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NTT governor visits Adonara over village feud East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Frans Lebu Raya flew into the inter-village conflict zone in Adonara, Flores Timur district on Monday to meet the warring parties and find the best possible solution to the problem.

Posted in Violence @ 08 October 2012 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


23 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan arrested Police have arrested 23 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan planning to cross to Australia in Cisolok and Pelabuhan Ratu in Sukabumi, West Java.

Posted in Crime @ 21 September 2012 22:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption case involving power plant investigated The North Sumatra High Prosecution Office is investigating alleged corruption involving the management of a unit of the state electric company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) in the province.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 10:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist hit by stray bullet in Maralowa A reporter from Nuansa TV in Palu, Central Java, has been hit by a stray bullet when covering a communal clash between villagers in Marawola in the district of Sigi, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in Violence @ 21 August 2012 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wamena facing difficulty to cope with HIV/AIDS A non-governmental organization (LSM) in Wamena, Papua Province, complained about financial difficulty in coping with the spread of HIV/AIDs in that area.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2012 15:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in landslides Two people were killed when four construction workers were hit by landslide in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, West Java, on Saturday. The four workers were digging the ground to make foundation of a Muslim boarding school when they were suddenly buried alive in the land slide that morning.

Posted in Weather @ 14 July 2012 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Thirty-four houses damaged after quake in Sukabumi Thirty-four houses had been damaged following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Sukabumi, West Java, on Monday evening, according to the district`s natural disaster mitigation board (BPBD).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2012 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cicurug residents find more bodies, ID cards of Sukhoi victims About 13 residents of Cicurug subdistrict, Sukabumi district, claimed they found some remains and several identity cards of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims who were killed in an air crash on Mount Salak, West Java province, on May 9, 2012.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 May 2012 12:47 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


Two Indonesian policemen burnt to death in North Sumatra Two Indonesian police officers were burnt to death on the island of Sumatra after locals attacked forces trying to arrest a suspected illegal gambling operator, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 February 2012 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five shot, five missing in land dispute clash in Riau A clash between local residents and guards of a plantation company in a land dispute in Batang Kumuh village, Rokan Hulu (Rohul) district, Riau province, on Thursday night is reported to have led to the shooting of five civilians by police and the disappearance of five others.

Posted in Violence @ 05 February 2012 07:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investigates deaths of two children in police custody Indonesian police are investigating the deaths last week of two young brothers inside a police prison in the province of West Sumatra, the Jakarta Globe reported on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands apologizes for Rawagede tragedy The Netherlands through its ambassador in Jakarta, Tjeerd de Zwaan, here on Friday apologized for a Dutch military operation in Rawagede village in 1947 that killed numerous civilian locals.

Posted in History @ 10 December 2011 09:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bodies of all three ill-fated cessna crew found A search and rescue team has found the bodies of three people who had been in the Cessna 172 PK plane that crashed in the Mount Ceremai area, Majalengka, West Java, recently.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 November 2011 05:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


13 power pylons collapse after material theft A total of 13 power pylons in four villages in the Cibadak subdistrict in Sukabumi district in West Java province have collapsed. A spokesperson of state-owned power company PLN announced this. The collapse of the towers happened just before midnight last night according to villagers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 October 2011 12:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police bust international drug ring in Sumatra The Indonesian National Police on Wednesday uncovered an international drug ring in the island of Sumatra, where they seized drugs worth an estimated Rp 3 billion ($348,000), officials said.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 June 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · 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


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

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


36 illegal Afghans arrested on Madura The regional police of Pamekasan on the island of Madura has arrested a total of 36 illegal Afghan immigrants. All of them were adult males, most of which have not yet been identified. The people were arrested in a house belonging to a villager of Tlonto Ares after neighbors informed the police about their whereabouts.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2011 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 evacuated from Mount Dieng volcano highlands Over 600 people from villages in the Mount Dieng volcano highlands have been evacuated from the vicinity of the crater that is active at the moment. The volcano, near the city of Wonosobo in Central Java province is showing signs of increasing activity, so villagers are brought to a safer location.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2011 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


17 killed, 2 missing in West Java landslide At least 17 people were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in West Java of Indonesia, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Weather @ 07 May 2011 08:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine killed in landslide East Java province Nine people were killed and eight others were injured on Sunday after a landslide in Indonesia's East Java province, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 April 2011 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano starts rumbling again The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is increasing once again. According to the Volcanologic Agency BPPPTK, the renewed activity is caused by the formation of a new lava dome in the crater of the volcano. The alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not yet been changed and still stands at level three.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 April 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New cases of bird flu found on Bali New cases of the H1N1 'Bird Flu' virus have reappeared in Bali's capital of Denpasar after an absence of nearly three years. Presence of the virus was confirmed on March 11, 2011, in Banjar Bem Biu in north Denpasar following the sudden death of poultry in that community.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 March 2011 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 people clash over Facebook comments in Bali More than 100 Balinese villagers clashed on Saturday night over comments made on the social networking site Facebook, the Jakarta Globe reported. The fighting began around 10 p.m. on Saturday night after villagers of Buana Anyar made offending comments against villagers of Kebon Kori on Facebook.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 March 2011 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano emergency phase extended Almost 70,000 evacuees from volcanic eruptions on Mount Merapi on the Indonesian island of Java returned to their homes after the government declared some no-go areas safe again, but the emergency response phase of the disaster is still in place.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands return to slopes of Mount Merapi Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Monday, after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick volcanic deposits hamper search for victims The large amount of volcanic material that has been deposited by the Mount Merapi volcano in recent weeks, mainly in the Gendol river area in the district of Cangkringan, makes the search for victims even more difficult. Because the volcanic material is already settling down for some now, digging by hand is not enough to retrieve any of the missing bodies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2010 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status Mount Sinabung lowered to 'awake' A spokesperson of the Volcanologic and Geologic Disaster Office, PVMBG, has said that the status of the Mount Sinabung volcano in Tanah Karo, North Sumatra has been lowered to 'awake'. The status of the volcano earlier was 'alert', while the activity is still monitored closely.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2010 00:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Four Indonesian soldiers sentenced for abusing Papuans Four Indonesian soldiers on Thursday were sentenced from five to seven months in prison after a video showed them torturing locals from the eastern island of Papua, an Indonesian military court said.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 November 2010 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Papuan torture video is authentic Indonesian authorities on Friday said the torture video against two residents of Papua is authentic and shows members of the country's military, officials said.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 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


Panic after rumors of Jatiluhur dam breach The ever increasing water level of the Jatiluhur basin is causing panic among residents living directly below it. They panic is mainly fed by rumors that the dam was about to burst because of the very high water levels. No direct evidence has been found related to this, but residents from some villages have evacuated to higher ground just to be sure.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2010 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burning gas source found in field near Riau village A burning gas source was found in the village of Sukamaju in te Rumbai Pesisir district in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. The location of the burning gas is not too far from the oil field that is been exploited by PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 March 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra quake survivors lack water and sanitation Thousands of survivors of an earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra Province are still grappling with a lack of clean water and adequate sanitation more than a month after the disaster, relief workers say.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 November 2009 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim residents almost force Bashir to leave The leader of the Islamic boarding school in Ngruki, Abu Bakar Bashir, was almost forced to leave a village near the city of Serang in West Java early this morning. Some fifty residents of Kaujon village visited the residence of Mamah Suhaemi, a former leader of the Mujahidin Council of Indonesia, where Bashir spent the night.

Posted in Religion @ 01 November 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dieng volcano complex 'burps' Based on information released by the Center of Volcanology and Disaster Management, the Dieng volcano complex in the regency of Wonosobo is showing slightly increased activity. The last time there was a large eruption in the complex was on February 20, 1979. Then, 149 people died because they came in contact with poisonous gases. Smaller eruptions however are more common.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 September 2009 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist refused by villagers The burial of the body of terrorist Urwah alias Bagus Budi Pranoto has lead to problems in the village of Mijen in Kudus regency. Villagers do not want the body to be buried in their graveyard. Urwah would have created a bad image for their village. The house of the family of Urwah in the city of Kudus also is quiet, not many people seem to want to day goodbye to the dead terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 September 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid dispatched after hunger-related deaths in Papua The Indonesian government said it will send a team to a poor district in eastern Papua Province after a rights group reported deaths from hunger and associated diseases there. Swadiatma, an adviser to the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, said the team of officials would be dispatched this week to the isolated district of Yahukimo in Papua to investigate reports of the deaths, and assess the long-term needs of the population.

Posted in Health @ 22 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 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


Large cracks in crater-edge Mount Galunggung The edge of the crater of the Mount Galunggung volcano in the district of Tasikmalaya in West Java province has cracked over a length of 300 meters. The crack is just about a centimeter wide however, but it is assumed that the large earthquake of September 2, 2009 is the cause. The activity of the volcano however is not increasing. The crack is only dangerous because it can cause a landslide.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 September 2009 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 dead of starvation in Papua Crop failure that has hit eight villages in the district of Suntamon in the Yahukimo region of Papua, has caused starvation among it's residents. The district head of Suntamon, Niko Banjo, has said that the starvation has started four months ago and has cost the lives of 92 people already. "Most victims are children. They can not feed themselves and become more vulnerable to disease like malaria. They also live in remote areas," he said over the telephone.

Posted in Health @ 03 September 2009 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Quake causes landslide in Cianjur; dozens feared dead Dozens of residents of the village of Gunung Hanafi, in the underdistrict Cibinong Selatan in Cianjur are feared dead after a landslide caused by the earthquake ripped through the village. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook big parts of western Indonesia for around two minutes before it came to an end. Reports from light to medium damage are widespread.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of suspected terrorist burned down A house that is located in the foothills of Mount Salak, near Bogor, has been burned by residents in the village. The house was burned down because the residents suspected that the house was a hideout place for terrorist leader Noordin M. Top. Villagers said that they have seen a person that has the same face as the the terrorists seen in Cilacap and Temanggung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2009 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers block roads to Inco nickel mine Several hundred villagers have blocked a main road leading to the nickel mine operated by PT International Nickel Indonesia (PT Inco) on the island of Sulawesi. The company says that operations at the mine continue at normal level despite the protests.

Posted in Protests @ 06 August 2009 06:11 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


Hundreds evacuated as Mount Karangetang erupts Hundreds of villagers have been evacuated after a volcano erupted in eastern part of Indonesia, officials said here Tuesday. Mount Karangetang on Siau Island, of North Sulawesi province has been on top alert status since Sunday, as the volcano has formed a crater on its side and spewed black ash carrying hot materials up to two kilometers, head of Indonesian Volcanology Agency Surono said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five natural gas leaks appear in Banyumas rice paddies Natural gas leaks have sprung up in the village of Karang Lewas, in the district of Banyumas in Central Java. At the moment there are five locations where natural gas appears from the earth, where earlier this morning there were only two locations. Local police has taped off the areas concerned to prevent accidents from happening as hundreds of villagers gather around the gas leaks as a free form of entertainment.

Posted in Environment @ 12 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kerinci volcano also starts to rumble The activity of the Mount Kerinci volcano is increasing as well. This news follows after Mount Anak Krakatau is also more active than usual yesterday. Since yesterday, the volcano is rumbling without interruption. For now the rumbling takes place inside the volcano. "Since yesterday the activity of the Kerinci volcano is increasing. There are continuous explosions," according to the head of the observation post for Mount Kerinci, Heri Prasetyo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2009 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gamalama volcano on alert after smoke from crater The Gamalama volcano on the island of Ternate in the province of North Maluku has been put on a higher alert and has now become an 'Aware'. This has been done after the volcano started to exhaust clouds of smoke with heights up to 400 meters into the air. Since last Tuesday the volcano continuously emits thick white smoke. The last eruption of the volcano was in 2003.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 29 Avian Influenza virus has hit Indonesia killing three people with 13 others admitted to hospital with symptoms. Residents in Asahan district of North Sumatra province say last week, villagers began showing symptoms of avian flu after a large number of chickens died suddenly. A baby boy and a seven year old girl were transferred early this morning to a bird flu isolation unit at Adam Malik hospital in the provincial capital of Medan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 August 2008 16:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono volcano exhausts thick black smoke The Mount DokDukono uno volcano, located in the district of Galela in the northern part of the island of Halmahera, in the Maluku archipelago, has been showing increasing activity for the last few weeks. The volcano now exhausts thick black clouds of smoke from it's crater. Ash and small stones are ejected as well. The activity status of the volcano was only lowered from level three to level two last April.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 August 2008 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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