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28 Mar 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

Medan | Mon, March 27, 2017 | 02:46 pm

A flash flood hit Padang Sidempuan regency in North Sumatra on Sunday, killing three people. Another victim is still missing.

The people killed in the flood were a family of three consisting of Sahriana Situmorang, 45, Rafiah Sarumpaet, 8, and Sakinah Sarumpaet, 10. The family lived in Lubuk Raya subdistrict.

The flood also destroyed dozens of houses in several districts such as Padang Sidempuan Batunadua, North Padang Sidempuan and South Padang Sidempuan. A number of cars were swept away during the flood.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

Over 150 members of the separatist group Free Papua Movement (OPM) have agreed to end their resistance and conveyed their pledge of allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, said a statement released by the Indonesian Army (TNI AD) on Friday.

TNI AD spokesperson Col. Alfret Denny Tuejeh attributed the surrender of the separatist group members to the successful approach of Sinak district military commander (Danramil) First Lt. Yusuf Rumi, who promised their safe return, among other things.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UNAIDS

GENEVA, 24 March 2017—On World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV. TB is the most common cause of hospital admission and death among people living with HIV. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness—around 400 000 of whom died from TB, including 40 000 children.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

By Safrin La Batu

The Social Affairs Ministry conducted disaster mitigation training for journalists on Wednesday in an effort to promote disaster vigilance and the ability to have quick responses during emergency situations.

More than 30 journalists have joined the training that is being conducted on Pramuka Island in Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta, and will last until Friday. Participants were involved in a set of simulations including how to help minimize impact. They were also trained in post-disaster trauma healing.

22 Mar 2017 description

Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

By Beh Lih Yi

JAKARTA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

16 Mar 2017 description

WHO SEARO Press release 1644

New Delhi, 16 March 2017 - Health Ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region which bear half the global TB burden, and WHO today signed a Call for Action for Ending TB, pledging to scale-up efforts and implement adequately funded, innovative, multisectoral and comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030.

14 Mar 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

Rizal Harahap
The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru | Mon, March 13, 2017 | 04:43 pm

Regencies in Riau have been hit with flooding since mid-February, with at least four lives claimed. Fernando, 20, a resident of Pelalawan regency, died when crossing the overflowing Nilo River on March 2, while Suguh, 11, a resident of Kampar, drowned in the Sebayang River on March 3.

08 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Pacific Island States Urge Human Rights Council to Intervene

By Andreas Harsono

A coalition of Pacific island states is urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate human rights abuses in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua (generally referred to as “Papua”).

07 Mar 2017 description
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Rizal Harahap, The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru, Riau | Mon, March 6, 2017 | 04:24 pm

After four days of flooding, overflowing rivers in Kuantan Singingi regency, Riau, have paralyzed daily activities in several areas.

The regency’s education agency recorded that 19 schools had told students to remain at home to stay safe.

“Water inundates classrooms and schoolyards, and also the streets nearby. It will be hard for the children to come to school,” agency head Jupirman said on Monday.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • Heavy rain in several areas of the country over the past days has caused floods and landslides.

  • As of 6 March at 7.00 UTC, BNPB reported six deaths and two injuries in Lima Puluh Kota Regency (West Sumatra Province). Local media also reported at least 2 750 houses damaged in the provinces of West Sumatra, Riau, Jakarta, East Java and Central Java.

  • As of 6 March at 7.00 UTC, BMKG has issued several early warnings for heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms.

05 Mar 2017 description
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Rizal Harahap
The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru, Riau | Sun, March 5, 2017 | 03:20 pm

Floodwater has inundated more than 2,000 houses in Riau following heavy rain that drenched a number of regions in the province over the past few days.

Among the affected regions, Rokan Hulu has suffered the most, followed by Kuantan Singingi, Indragiri Hulu, Pelalawan and Kampar regencies, according to the latest data of the Riau Social Affairs Agency.

03 Mar 2017 description

By Liam Fox

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua region, also known as West Papua.

Vanuatu's Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request to a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and spoke on behalf of his own country as well as Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands.

02 Mar 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

By Agus Maryono

At least 20 people were evacuated following landslides in Kaliajir village, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, after landslides affected around 140 houses.

“The level of the damage varied. There are houses whose foundations have been undermined and there are also houses that have cracks as a result of soil movements,” villager Karmin, 43 said on Wednesday.

01 Mar 2017 description

During recent heavy rains, citizens in Jakarta have been harnessing the power of social media to report flood locations via the new platform. Flood information received by is automatically incorporated into InAWARE, a decision support system in use operationally by Indonesia’s national disaster management agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, BNPB) and the DKI Jakarta Province regional disaster management agency (BPBD) for this flooding and similar hazard events.

28 Feb 2017 description

In the southern part of the Philippines, Persons of Indonesian Descent are being assisted by UNHCR and government partners in finding solutions for their legal identity needs.

28 Feb 2017 description
report UN Global Pulse

UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently developed a tool that can help gain insights on the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on food prices and the resilience of affected populations throughout Indonesia.

This is a post by Anthea Webb, Representative and Country Director at the World Food Programme in Indonesia, and Derval Usher, Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta.

The El Niño Southern Oscillation

27 Feb 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past 48 h, causing floods and landslides.

  • As of 27 February at 7.00 UTC, BNPB reported that two people have gone missing and 11 houses have been destroyed in Central Java region. Local media reported, as of the same date, several damaged houses and traffic disruptions in West Java, Central Java, East Java region, Gorontalo and Aceh regions.