By Linda Bloom
Dec. 17, 2014 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
When the Rev. Henry Leono surveyed Banda Aceh 18 days after a deadly tsunami all but obliterated the Indonesia city, he found the devastation difficult to accept.
BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.
The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, December 18 2014, 7:21 AM
The Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) task force announced on Wednesday that the first stage of the relocation-housing project for eruption evacuees in the forested Siosar area in Merek district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, would definitely be completed by Christmas this year.
The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.
When the earth shook in 2004 under the seaside village of Kuala Bubon, Husna was washing clothes at a well. She ran to find her mother, but the older woman refused to leave their house near the sea. So Husna ran with her 8-year old son Bagus to the mosque, where some villagers were hurriedly preparing to leave. She left Bagus there and returned for her mother, who again refused to leave, even though the sea level was dropping drastically–a prelude to a tsunami, though Husna admits she’d never heard the word before.
Listen Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, we remember how the world worked together to rebuild shattered lives and communities.
Monday December 22, 2014
The tsunami that cut a swathe of destruction across the Indian Ocean 10 years ago, also gave rise to one of the world's biggest relief and recovery efforts.
BANJARNEGARA – The search operation for landslide victims at Jemblung Hamlet, Sampang Village, Karangkobar Sub-district, Banjarnegara Regency was forced to be suspended earlier due to heavy rain pouring down since 01.00 pm WIB. The soil condition had become muddy and dangerous to the joint team. Until Tuesday (16/12) 05.15 pm WIB, the victims that had been found were 64 people dead, of which 41 were men and 23 women. There are still 44 people missing.Today, the joint team managed to find 8 bodies and one piece of female foot.
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, December 16 2014, 7:42 PM
Lamongan regency administration in East Java has planted two million trees around hillside areas of Pucakwangi village in Babat district, Lamongan in order to prevent landslides severely affecting the area.
Lamongan Regent Fadeli said on Tuesday that planting trees in Pucakwangi was necessary because the village was located in a hilly area of Lamongan, which makes it prone to disasters such as landslides and flooding.
Nadya Natahadibrata, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, December 17 2014, 10:03 AM
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has earmarked Rp 6.19 trillion (US$329 million) from the state budget for next year’s flood-mitigation projects, following predictions that the wet season will peak in January and February 2015.
Suherdjoko and Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Banjarnegara, Central Java | Archipelago | Wed, December 17 2014, 10:09 AM
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Tuesday that his administration was looking for the right location to relocate those living in landslide red zones, following a devastating landslide that struck a hamlet in Banjarnegara regency recently.
“We call it local transmigration,” Ganjar said.
The governor said the administration was working with Yogyakarta-based Gajah Mada University (UGM) to map the vulnerable areas in Central Java.
JAKARTA – The Head of BNPB, after dealing with the landslides in Banjarnegara, arrived at Gambir Station this morning at 07.30 am WIB, and immediately led a meeting to anticipate flooding in Jakarta at the Ministry of Public Works office in Jakarta (15/12).
"Disasters cannot deny public services which should not be hindered by political purposes," said Syamsul Maarif. "The problem of sanitation is also a concern for the refugees," he added.
BANJARNEGARA – The Regent of Banjarnegara confirmed that the emergency response period for landslide disaster in Banjarnegara had been established from 8 to 21 December 2014. This means that even before the landslide in the Jemblung Village, the local government in Banjarnegara had already been in emergency period due to the landslide in Wanayasa, Pejawaran and Sigaluh Sub-districts. With the occurrence of a bigger landslide in the Jemblung Village, the emergency handling concentration is diverted here.
On 26 December 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that devastated India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Aceh. Over a quarter of a million people were killed and 1.5 million made homeless.
Caritas launched a half-a-billion dollar programme, providing emergency assistance to over a million people, built permanent houses for 33,000 families and helped provide livelihoods for over 85,000 people.
Hardest hit was the Indonesian province of Aceh. A decade later, Caritas caught up with some of the people and programmes it supported.
Boat on roof
During a flood-anticipation coordination meeting at the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry office in South Jakarta, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama offered a helping hand to neighboring cities and regencies in Greater Jakarta.
On 26 December 2004, the world experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. At an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week, panelists took stock of the progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific, and also highlighted outstanding gaps and priorities for the way forward.
Jemblung, Indonesia | AFP | Monday 12/15/2014 - 17:04 GMT |
Indonesian rescuers dug through mud with shovels and their bare hands for a third day Monday in the hunt for dozens of people still missing after a landslide engulfed a village, as the death toll rose to 56.
Fifty-two people are still unaccounted for after heavy rain triggered the landslide that swallowed houses in Jemblung village on Java island late Friday. Officials say the chances of finding anyone alive are now slim.
BANJARNEGARA - The search and rescue efforts for landslide victim in Jemblung, Sampang Village, Karangkobar District, Banjarnegara Regency are continued by the joint team. Up until Sunday, 14 December 2014, 06.30 a.m., there are 20 casualties, 11 people with serious injury, 4 minor injury, and 88 persons are missing. From the 20 casualties, 16 have been identified and 4 hasn't been identified. The casualties are not entirely from Karangkobar District, five of them are Kecamatan Pejawaran residents.
Help for body, mind and soul
On 26 December 2004, the most devastating tsunami in history brought death, misery and immense suffering to the people on the shores of the Indian Ocean. In its aftermath, 250,000 people were dead or missing, and nearly 1.7 million lost their homes. Immediately, Malteser International ran to the aid of the survivors – with both material as well as psychological assistance. A large-scale, sustainable reconstruction and reintegration program followed.
Banda Aceh, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 12/14/2014 - 03:45 GMT
by Nurdin Hasan
When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia's Aceh a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace.
The province on the northern tip of Sumatra island was ill-prepared when disaster struck -- in ruins, mired in poverty and with barely any functioning infrastructure after almost three decades of conflict.
Jemblung, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 12/14/2014 - 11:12 GMT
by Dida Nuswantara
Rescuers searching for more than 70 people missing after a landslide in Indonesia deployed bulldozers and excavators to clear roads strewn with debris as the death toll from the disaster rose to 32 Sunday.
Torrential downpours triggered the landslide hitting Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.