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26 Jan 2015 description
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Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Surabaya | Archipelago | Mon, January 26 2015, 9:16 AM

The East Java provincial administration has declared an extraordinary situation (KLB) status over an outbreak of dengue fever, which has hit 1,054 patents, 25 of whom have died, in 38 regencies and cities.

The head of the Provincial Health Agency, Harsono, said that the KLB status was effective for 11 regions in the province.

23 Jan 2015 description
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Incessant rain since Thursday has inundated at least 36 locations across Jakarta.

"The level of rivers is safe, but 36 locations are inundated," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said the water volume of the Ciliwung, Karet, Krukut, Pesanggrahan, Angke, Cipinang and Sunter rivers, was normal despite the heavy rain.

However, parts of the capital city were inundated due to the poor drainage system, he said.

19 Jan 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Sat, January 17 2015, 11:35 AM

Hundreds of hectares of rice fields and horticultural plots in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, were reported to have been destroyed by floods.

On Friday, floods in the regency continued to expand to a number of other districts following heavy downpours over the area since Thursday afternoon.

19 Jan 2015 description
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Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, January 19 2015, 9:46 AM

Hundreds of residents displaced by a landslide in Jemblung hamlet in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, are running out of patience as they wait to move to reloca-tion areas as promised by the government.

14 Jan 2015 description
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Heavy rain from Sunday until 4 a.m. on Monday has triggered floods in several places in Bae and Mejobo districts in Kudus regency, Central Java. The flooding was to a depth of 25 cm and entered a number of school compounds.

To ensure students were not trapped by subsequent floods, as happened last year, some schools decided to close on Monday and hundreds of students were sent home.

14 Jan 2015 description
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Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Demak, Central Java | Archipelago | Wed, January 14 2015, 10:03 AM

Floods hit five villages in Karangawen district in Demak regency, Central Java, on Tuesday, engulfing around 55 hectares of rice and corn crops and fish ponds.

More than 100 homes were also swamped by the floods, as was the Semarang-Grobogan highway, rendering it only passable by trucks.

14 Jan 2015 description
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Indra Budiari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Wed, January 14 2015, 10:59 AM

As many as 416 officers from the Jakarta Police held a flood response drill on Tuesday on the banks of the Ciliwung River, near Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, an area subject to annual flooding.

A number of canoes, inflatable boats and wooden rafts were deployed to the riverbanks for the simulation, with hundreds of local residents watching.

12 Jan 2015 description
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Displaced people living around the erupting Mountain Sinabung of North Sumatra have complained that they have not received any assistance from the government, including the help promised by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

“We are not categorized as refugees any longer. That’s why we did not receive any assistance and are banned from living in the shelters,” Erwina Meliala, 43, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

12 Jan 2015 description
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Flash floods destroyed at least three houses and engulfed dozens of houses in Balukang I and Balukang II villages in North Sojol district, Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday night.

“Three houses were damaged. But with the rain still pouring, more houses could be destroyed,” Abdul Aziz told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Aziz said the flood occurred when a river near Bode village overflowed. It had been heavily raining there since Saturday morning.

08 Jan 2015 description

This is the 129th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). Back issues are posted online at Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at

07 Jan 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra

The latest eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Saturday halted activities in the districts of Tiganderket, Payung and Lau Balang.

Pyroclastic flows hit the three districts located southwest of the volcano, completely covering the area with thick layers of volcanic ash early Saturday morning. Thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes.

07 Jan 2015 description
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Major floods inundated parts of Lebak regency, Banten, following incessant rains, an official said Monday.

"All flood victims have evacuated to safer places," Cimarga district head Ade Sutiana said.

The floodwaters, reaching a height of up to 1.5 meters, submerged 72 houses inhabited by 386 people, according to Antara news agency.

Regency authorities have declared that the region was in a state of alert following the overflowing of several rivers, including Cimarga and Ciberang-Ciujung.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

05 Jan 2015 description
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Tagaytay, 12 December 2014 - Young people require special attention in times of disaster. In the aftermath of a natural or human-made emergency, young people are at greater risk of sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage and exposure to STIs and HIV. They can also be a valuable resource in humanitarian efforts. However, their needs and capabilities are often overlooked in disaster management planning.

03 Jan 2015 description
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Prolonged flooding in a number of farming areas in Sumatra and Java has triggered harvest failures and damage to farmland.

The Jambi Agriculture Office revealed Tuesday that around 8,000 hectares of rice fields in the province were facing harvest failure as they were waterlogged.

Office head Amrin Aziz said the floods in Jambi province, which hit Kerinci and Muaro Jambi regencies and Jambi City, had caused a 12,000-ton drop in rice production.

31 Dec 2014 description
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The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) says as many as 566 people were killed by natural disasters throughout 2014, highlighting the need to look at better ways to reduce the impacts of such catastrophic events.

“Preliminary data of disaster events in Indonesia throughout 2014 show that natural disasters still pose a real threat,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Wednesday.

30 Dec 2014 description
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Work continues to help protect people in the event of another natural disaster.

In 2011, Islamic Relief and OCHA studied the potential of running a religious building-based disaster preparedness project. Preliminary Study on the Potential Role of the Mosque in disaster situation in Indonesia looked at the role of six mosques in West Sumatra and West Java.

30 Dec 2014 description

As a teacher shouted “Fire! Fire!,” around 200 students of Al Manar Islamic Boarding School rushed out of the building.

“Be calm,” another teacher advised, while the students huddled on the school’s athletic field. “Be sure to take the necessary precautions. And always seek protection from Allah.”

This was the scene during a disaster drill conducted by the school that is supported by UNDP. These Islamic schools are known as Dayah here, in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

30 Dec 2014 description
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Indra Budiari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Mon, December 29 2014, 11:24 AM

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Sunday that preparations for Jakarta’s rainy season, which may reach its peak early next year, were in full swing.

Basuki said during an inspection at the city’s water pump houses that almost every water pump in the city was in good condition and could be utilized optimally to draw out water from flood-prone areas.