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Death toll in Central Java landslide increases to 39 The death toll in the major landslide that engulfed Jemblung hamlet in Central Javas Banjarnegara district rose to 39 on Sunday evening, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB).

Posted in Accidents @ 14 December 2014 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi using unpaid volunteers to campaign for him Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo alias Jokowi, as he is popularly called, claimed he is using unpaid volunteers to support his bid for president in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2014 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP-Nasdem set up success team for Jokowi The Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and its coalition partner the National Democrat Party (Nasdem) have set up campaign and success teams to support the success of their candidate Jokowi in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2014 22:07 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


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ambassador cooks fried rice for flood volunteers Former Indonesian ambassador to the United States, Dino Pati Djalal here on Sunday visited victims affected by flash floods in Jakarta and helped cook fried rice for flood volunteers in Kalibata and Pancoran.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods still affect six villages in Purworejo Floods still affected six villages in Central Javas Purworejo district on Sunday, a spokesman said. The six affected villages are Kedungmulyo, Mangunjayan, and Sidomulyo in Butuh sub-district, and Rowodadi, Bendungan, and Trimulyo in Grabag sub-district.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 December 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia flown home About 500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia were flown to Jakarta on Saturday. Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) for Saudi Arabia Sherief Rachmat confirmed about 500 of the 7,800 "overstayers" in Jawazat Tarhil Sumaysi, Saudi Arabia, left for home at noon.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2013 20:58 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


Acehnese residents find skeletons of tsunami victims Acehnese residents found three skeletons which were suspected to be part of tsunami victims in December 2004. According to the residents, they found the skeletons when they were taking the sand after being dredged from Krueng (river) Aceh in Surabaya hamlet of Ateuk Pahlawan Village, Baiturrahman subdistrict, Banda Aceh City.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 June 2013 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides kill five people in Tegal The National Agency for Disasters (BNPB) said that landslides triggered by heavy rain, have killed five people in Tegal District, Central Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2013 23:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PMI deploys 200 volunteers to help handle Jakarta floods The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) for Jakarta deployed 200 volunteers to help Jakarta residents in the face of floods that took place in various parts of the capital city.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 January 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Floods, landslides hit Lebak Floods and landslides have hit several sub-districts in Lebak district, Banten province, damaging a number of houses, according to a local official. "There is no report of fatalities in the disaster," said Muklis, the head of the Lebak disaster mitigation office, here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 November 2012 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Efforts to find Sukhoi crash victims continue Indonesian rescue teams are still searching and evacuating the bodies of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash victims in Bogor, West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 May 2012 14:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


At least 5 killed after landslide on Nias Island At least five people were killed on Thursday when a rain-triggered landslide hit a village on an island off Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said. Several others remain missing.

Posted in Weather @ 01 December 2011 20:50 CET by Blog Bot · 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


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


Borobudur temple to be reopened later this month Earlier this year the Borobudur temple complex near the town of Magelang in Central Java was closed due to an eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano. Soon, this complex should be reopened to the public, at least partly. Reopening is scheduled for later this month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 December 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi victims buried in mass graves Yogyakarta witnessed another mass burial on Sunday. Search and rescue teams struggled to evacuate survivors and the dead - sacrificing some of their own in the process. Reports said five volunteers died Sunday; three were killed by searing-hot ash clouds and two were buried in three meters of ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 14:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More aid for West Sumatra quake victims Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country's largest Muslim organization, and the Australian government agency AusAID have extended relief aid worth A$250,000 for victims of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that devastated much of West Sumatra last month.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 November 2009 00:41 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


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 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


Floods hit northern shores of Java island At least 400 houses in Pecakaran village, Wonokerto regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, were inundated with water levels reaching up to half a meter due to an continuous rainfall in recent days. The incessant rain also caused some bridges and farms in other neighboring villages to be broken and ruined by landslides.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2009 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI holds warfare training and recruitment session for Gaza At a prayer gathering, some 500 members of the radical Islamic Islamic Defenders Front FPI (Front Pembela Islam), held a warfare training session at the Mekarhayu Mosque in the village of Cilame in West Bandung. The activities that were organized there are related to volunteers of FPI who want to help ease the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip, caused by the Israeli actions there.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 January 2009 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unileverís call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Total toll in landslides and floods climbs to 153 The number of fatalities of landslides and floods on Java Island, has climbed to 153, the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned of possible catastrophes across the nation, which has thousands of lack-forest covered areas with dense population, due to prediction of the meteorology agency that rainfalls would be high in December, January and February.

Posted in Weather @ 31 December 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 1 On 16 October 2007 at 18:00 local time, the Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, West Java Province, raised the alert status of Kelud Volcano to the highest level 4. This indicates that an eruption is imminent. Mount Kelud is located approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Surabaya in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2007 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 still missing after landslides in Nusa Tenggara Rescue teams are still trying to find the fifty-odd people missing after landslides hit several villages on Flores. Roads blocked by landslides hamper rescue efforts. The landslides, which are triggered by heavy rain in the last days, hit several villages in four districts of Manggarai on the island, about 1,500 kilometers to the east from the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 04 March 2007 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Floods leave over 80 dead in Sumatra Severe flooding swept through three different provinces on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leaving more than 80 people dead or missing and more than 200,000 villagers homeless, volunteers and news reports said Sunday. In Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra, at least 65 people were either killed or missing in heavy flooding that swept through seven districts, said Gufron, a volunteer from the Prosperuos and Justice Party's local chapter.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2006 14:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing season is back, warns expert A TERRORISM researcher has warned of a new "bombing season" in Indonesia, as Islamic militants seek to repeat a pattern established since October 2002 of attacking Western targets between August and October. The International Crisis Group's Sidney Jones, who is based in Jakarta, said she had initially dismissed speculation about a specific season for attacks against foreigners, preferring to think the attackers had simply "done it when they got around to it".

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2006 15:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia bans militants from going to Mideast Indonesian police said on Monday that the government had banned Islamic militants from travelling to the Middle East or elsewhere to fight Israel. The comments by a police spokesman came after the self-styled head of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement said more than 200 militants had been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state.

Posted in General @ 07 August 2006 15:34 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


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


Aid for Java earthquake victims More than 3.000 people have been killed in Indonesia and 1,000 injured after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the densely populated area of southern Central Java on Friday 26 May 2006. Hundreds of Indonesian Red Cross volunteers responded immediately to the scene, distributing food, mineral water, tents, tarpaulins and baby kits to those affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 21:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano center: Red code status just a matter of time Hundreds of people have evacuated from areas closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, following days of pressure from officials who warned the volcano could erupt within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Sri Rejeki, an expert with Yogyakarta's Volcano Development and Research Center, said her institution would soon raise the alert status into red code -- the highest level of volcano activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi residents get ready to flee People living on the slopes of smoldering Mt. Merapi in Central Java are getting ready to evacuate if the time comes. In Hargobonangun village in Pakem district near Yogyakarta, residents have put 110 vehicles on standby for evacuation purposes if the volcano erupts. "Though we have received no assistance from the Sleman regency administration or Yogyakarta province, we have taken a number of steps to prepare ourselves for an eruption," the head of Hargobonangun village, Mulyono, said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 April 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia bird flu campaign exposes loopholes Armed with vaccines and green rubber boots, veterinarian Sri Wuryasturati is ready to hit the road for Indonesia's anti-bird flu campaign. Except she doesn't have the most essential item to get going: a motorcycle. Dressed in a crisp brown civil servant's uniform and scarf, the 42-year-old eventually takes off hours later to join hundreds of veterinarians at the forefront of efforts to contain bird flu in Indonesia, which has the world's second highest number of human deaths from the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 March 2006 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans mass slaughter of chickens In an effort to combat bird flu, Indonesia plans to slaughter all birds living within one kilometer of any such outbreak. Thousands of chickens are being tested to detect any possible infection. For each chicken killed, the owner will get $1, said Edi Sutiarto, the head of Jakarta's Animal Husbandry Department.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City to go high-tech in flood watch The city administration plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in flood-prone areas throughout the city to monitor water levels. The head of the Jakarta Natural Disaster Relief Body, Haryanto Bajuri, said the planned installation of the CCTV systems was part of the city's efforts to modernize its water level monitoring system.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia halts mudslide rescue efforts Indonesian rescuers have ended days of searching for bodies buried in mud from landslides that hit two separate areas on Indonesia's Java island. The combined death toll from the disasters is 137. Soldiers, police and volunteers have toiled to clear mud and rubble of flattened homes in East Java and Central Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2006 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


180 dead or missing after landslides Rescue workers carried on the grim task of searching for bodies today after pounding rains sent landslides crashing into several Indonesian villages, while the number of people listed as dead or missing fell to about 180. Authorities revised the figure after dozens of survivors were found to be staying with family or friends.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 January 2006 17:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jember rescue efforts hampered Salimah, a woman at her 40s, looked pale. Her clothes blackened with mud, the frail villager has not had food for two days. "Unless food aid is dispatched into our area soon, the death toll, especially among the children, will rise," she told Antara. Salimah was one of 110 Panti district residents still isolated on Tuesday after flash floods swept through three districts in Jember regency East Java, killing at least 63 people.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to begin bird flu surveillance in capital The government will launch house-to-house surveillance of poultry in Jakarta in a bid to halt the spread of deadly bird flu, a minister said on Tuesday. Local communities, student volunteers and military forces will be deployed to inspect poultry across the sprawling capital of nearly 9 million people, where four of the country's confirmed nine deaths have occurred.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 December 2005 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia police tell churches to dig bomb holes Police have ordered churches in the Indonesian city of Solo to dig holes to throw away suspicious objects that might be bombs, a newspaper said on Friday, amid fears of Christmas-related attacks. Police across the world's most populous Muslim country have been stepping up security measures ahead of the year-end holidays to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings of churches in several Indonesian cities which killed 19 people.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims to guard churches during Christmas Volunteers from Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation will guard churches across the world's most populous Muslim nation on Christmas amid fears of terrorist attacks. Jakarta police have said they will boost security in the capital ahead of Christmas to avoid a repeat of 2000 Christmas Eve bombings on churches in several Indonesian cities, including the country's capital.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


EU says Indonesia needs help to fight bird flu The European Union on Tuesday offered to help Indonesia fight bird flu, saying the world's fourth most populous nation needed assistance even though it had a plan and the political will to tackle the deadly virus. Visiting EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, said help could take the form of surveillance as well as the vaccination and culling of chickens.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 November 2005 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt steps up wild bird watch against avian flu Indonesia will soon form a joint surveillance team for wild birds after a pigeon was found infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said on Tuesday. Seven people are known to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia since July, four of whom died. The three survivors have now largely recovered.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 November 2005 18:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Veterinary students to hunt down bird flu-infected chickens Indonesia vowed to step up its fight against bird flu Thursday, saying veterinary students would join international health experts in carrying out house-to-house searches for infected backyard chickens. UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) experts will train the students, who will be recruited from four major universities, to identify sick birds and alert villagers to the risks of the disease, said Syamsul Bahri, the Ministry of Agriculture's director of animal health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 October 2005 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination drive largely successful Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday. The Indonesian health ministry reported the campaign had reached 90 percent of children under five years old despite lingering concerns among both parents and medical workers about the safety of the vaccine.

Posted in Polio @ 06 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


UN health agency reports massive polio vaccination campaign With Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic now threatening a broad swath of countries across Asia, more than 750,000 vaccinators will fan out across the vast archipelago tomorrow on a two-day campaign to immunize more than 24 million children under the age of five, the United Nations health agency reported today. Indonesia had been polio-free since 1995, but since March, 225 children have been paralyzed, due to a poliovirus imported into the country earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 30 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Volunteers say Tentena explosions kill 27 Local volunteers said that 27 were killed in the twin bomb explosions Saturday morning in a busy market in Central Sulawesi town of Tentena, according to reports on the website of Indonesia's English daily Jakarta Post. The number was based on the body counts at the Tentena General Hospital.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 May 2005 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Death toll from boat accident off Sumatra rises to 17 Rescue workers recovered more bodies Tuesday from a speed boat accident in Indonesia's Sumatra island, bringing the death toll to 17 with 19 others still missing. Local government authorities blamed the accident, which took place on Sunday, partly on the 'Tuakal Express' speed boat that was overloaded with passengers, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 dead, scores missing in Bandung landslide At least seven people were killed and up to 100 others were missing after a landslide in a slum near the Indonesian city of Bandung, southeast of Jakarta, early Monday, police and local officials said. The landslide was triggered by heavy rain and buried the shacks of more than 40 families living in a dumpsite west of Bandung. The city is around 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to create 50.000 jobs in Aceh Indonesia is to launch a drive to create up to 50 000 badly-needed jobs for tsunami survivors in the devastated Aceh province, officials said on Wednesday. According to the official Antara news agency, Manpower Minister Fahmi Idris said labour-intensive projects would begin in 100 locations in Aceh and adjacent North Sumatra province, which bore the brunt of the disaster. The ministry will also employ volunteers to provide psychological, religious and social councelling for survivors in the two provinces.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad ó Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers ó gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia in for the long haul: PM Australian troops and aid workers would stay in Indonesia to help rebuild tsunami-torn areas for as long as they were needed, Prime Minister John Howard said today. In a speech broadcast to the nation tonight, Mr Howard said the south-east Asian tragedy demanded a long-term response. "A tragedy of this magnitude ... requires a long-term commitment of resources if shattered communities are to be rebuilt and survivors provided with some hope for the future," he said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN warns many more dead in Indonesia The chaotic operation to help Indonesia's tsunami survivors stalled after a plane crash blocked the relief effort's main airport, as the UN warned there could be tens of thousands of new deaths. Even as hundreds of workers backed by helicopters descended on Aceh province on Sumatra island, the area worst-hit, the UN's aid coordination chief said the full horror of the death and ruin had yet to be realized.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scope of destruction in Indonesia remains unclear It is called Mecca's Veranda because for centuries, Aceh province's bustling ports have been the final embarkation point for devout Indonesian Muslims bound for the hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once. Today, vast swaths of the rugged province on the northern tip of Sumatra have disappeared beneath mountains of mud left by Sunday's tsunami. Giant waves demolished homes and businesses on the Indonesian island and claimed the lives of thousands.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Death came from the sea' Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead laid on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost today of a tsunami that killed more than 16,000 people. The devastating waves were unleashed by the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years which struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday. "Death came from the sea," said Satya Kumari, a construction worker living on the outskirts of the former French enclave of Pondicherry in India.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rectors Forum deploys 10,000 students to monitor elections The Indonesia Rectors Forum (FRI) has sent about 10,000 university students to monitor the second round of presidential elections on Monday at 5,000 polling stations throughout the country. "The deployment of monitoring teams is actually a manifestation of the social control function and moral force of higher learning institutions during this festival of democracy," Trisakti University rector Prof Dr Thoby Mutis said here on Sunday.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50,000 phrases in KAMUS-online.com The affilated free online dictionary of KAMUS-online.com, today reported that is has reached the level of 50,000 searchable phrases in three different languages. The dictionary features translations from and to: Indonesian, English and Dutch and reaching this level makes it one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P holds on to gain with almost half of the votes counted President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party maintained a slight edge over the chief rival Golkar Friday with nearly half the votes tallied from Indonesia's April 5 general election. However Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to have suffered a big drop in support, winning 20.8 percent of 59.5 million votes tallied so far compared to the 34 percent it won in total in 1999. Golkar, the party which backed former dictator Suharto, was on 20 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IBRA spokesman found dead after river accident After a two-day search, the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) spokesman Raymond van Beekum was found dead after a river rafting mishap near Sukasari village, Rumpin district, Bogor regency, on Sunday. Van Beekum went missing on Friday afternoon after a torrent of water suddenly swept him away during a rafting trip on the Cisadane River, following a media workshop organized by IBRA.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'May we have giraffes now?' Controversy over the deer at the National Monument (Monas) park has apparently not affected people's desire to see the animals. News that the does are pregnant has also increased their desire to pay a visit. Dozens of people gathered outside the fence of the five-hectare deer zone on Sunday, picnicking.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Food crisis looms in troubled Aceh region Soldiers guarded trucks carrying fuel and other staples into Indonesia's Aceh province Saturday as the military warned that food was running out in parts of the region. Prices have doubled in some areas because of the dangers of traveling since Jakarta launched an offensive Monday to crush a 27-year-old separatist rebellion. On Thursday, UNICEF warned of a "grave humanitarian crisis" in the province. It said basic health services and programs for assisting poor families and their children had collapsed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 25 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Medical supplies to Bali boosted Australia today boosted emergency assistance to Bali, donating an extra $300,000 to help health services after Saturday's bomb blast. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the extra funding was in addition to assistance such as IV fluids, analgesics, bandages and blood provided over the past two days.

Posted in Health @ 15 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borneo crash survivor found Police on the Indonesian island of Borneo say a survivor has been found from last week's crash of a cargo plane in a remote part of the jungle-covered territory. "A man was found by local people on Monday. Villagers confirm he was a survivor of the plane crash," the Associated Press quoted Herman Ismail, chief of police in the town of Tarakan, as saying. Wreckage from the Britten-Norman plane was spotted last Wednesday morning by American missionaries flying above the remote East Kalimantan province. A search mission by a military rescue team from Jakarta and volunteers found no survivors, and it was presumed all eight passengers and two crew had died in the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In August last year, U.S. intelligence agents learned that Osama bin Ladenís al Qaeda terrorist network had obtained a highly detailed, hand-drawn map of the U.S. diplomatic compound here.

Posted in Religion @ 11 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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