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29 Mar 2015 description

akarta, Indonesia | | Sunday 3/29/2015 - 12:30 GMT

Twelve people were killed and 11 houses buried after a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Sunday.

The landslide hit Tegal Panjang village in Sukabumi district in west Java late Saturday after a particularly heavy downpour, according to national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

"We found all 12 bodies," he said in an update, revising the earlier death toll of 10 and two missing.

19 Mar 2015 description

Post 2015: Space-based information for disaster risk reduction

In this issue

  • How can Space-based information contribute to disaster risk assessment?

  • Risk knowledge in tsunami early warning: the GITEWS project Modelling changes in the behaviour of floods using Earth observations

  • Editorial: The future key role of Earth observations in disaster risk reduction

18 Mar 2015 description

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The levee of Cimanuk River Pilangsari Village, Jatibarang Sub District and Tulungagung Village Kertasemaya Sub District in Indramayu District, West Java, on Monday (16/3), at 03.00 pm has caused widespread flooding in seven sub districts in Indramayu. It is reported from Local Agency for Disaster Management (BPBD) of Indramayu District that flooding has happened in the 7 sub-districts i.e. Sub district of Jatibarang,Kertasemaya, Bangodua, Lohbener, Sindang, Tukdana, and Pasekan. Worst sub-district affected in Jatibarang and Kertasemaya.

16 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Last week, a group of Save the Children volunteers flew out to Indonesia to see first-hand how our Families First Signature Programme is transforming children’s lives.

East Anglia volunteer David Float has been blogging daily on the experience.

Yesterday we ventured from the big cities and out into the field (in more ways than one).

16 Mar 2015 description

'Of course we are terrified. Each time there is heavy rain, there are landslides and fallen trees everywhere... But what can we do, we try to stay calm and hope nothing will happen to our family. Our livelihood is here, our coffee plantation is our main source of income, so we have no choice'.

14 Mar 2015 description

Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.

The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.

11 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Strong winds followed by heavy rain seriously damaged 75 houses in the village of Sidan, the regency of Gianyar, Bali, on Tuesday, and some of them were leveled to the ground.

"Fortunately there were no casualties amid the ruins of the houses," village secretary AA Gede Alit said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

The winds slammed across Banjar Bukit Sari, Jagaperang, Sidan and the village of Sidan, in the sub-district of Gianyar, Gede Alit said.

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• GFDRR has provided $2.8 million in grants and technical assistance support for community-level risk awareness raising and streamlined disaster preventive measures. This support has also served as building-blocks for World Bank-financed community driven development projects of $1.2 billion which cover more than 100 million urban dwellers spread across 33 provinces.

09 Mar 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Wed, March 04 2015, 7:06 AM

Residents displaced by the Mount Sinabung eruption in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have yet to receive cash aid to pay for accommodation and day-to-day needs despite the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) having transferred the funds to the Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) last week.

06 Mar 2015 description

Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March

This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.

Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.

03 Mar 2015 description

3 March, Jakarta - The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kanya D'Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region’s poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, February 26 2015, 7:12 AM

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) disbursed Rp 7.3 billion (US$567,000) in aid on Wednesday to handle Mount Sinabung evacuees in Karo regency, North Sumatra, who are still staying in evacuation centers.

BNPB’s emergency response director Junjungan Tambunan said Karo regency administration had requested the fund and waited for the disbursement for quite a while. The amount, he said, was according to the number of evacuees registered on the regency administration’s data.

19 Feb 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in Indonesia after the December 2004 tsunami that killed 283,000 people. We help people in devastated communities to rebuild their lives and their homes. In 2011, we began long-term development work in agriculture, education and income generation. Here are some of the areas in which we’ve been engaged:

18 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The regency of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province has suffered Rp 77 billion (US$6.03 million) in losses due to floods and landslides from December 2014 to the end of January 2015.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Kupang regency branch head Charles Panie said a number of bridges, roads and drains across the regency had been damaged for the past two months.

A bridge in Amfoang subdistrict, which connects Indonesia and East Timor, and other bridges in Kupang were heavily damaged, Charles added.

16 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said it will install 20 landslide early warning system (EWS) units in regions across Java Island.

“The President [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] has instructed the installation of a device that can detect the possible development of landslides during this year’s rainy season, which will last until March on Java Island and until June in Ambon, Kalimantan and Sulawesi,” BNPB chairman Syamsul Ma’arif said as quoted by the Antara news agency on Sunday.

13 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Dewanti A. Wardhani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Fri, February 13 2015, 8:37 AM

The Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) have reported six casualties from the recent flooding in Jakarta and Bekasi, West Java.

12 Feb 2015 description
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Dewanti A. Wardhani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Thu, February 12 2015, 6:50 AM

The Jakarta administration will use water pumps at full capacity in response to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency’s (BMKG) forecast of heavy rainfall in the coming days.

Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said many of the city’s water pumps had failed to turn on, causing floodwater to inundate many of the city’s neighborhoods over the past few days.

12 Feb 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Feature | Wed, February 11 2015, 11:03 AM

When floods hit, people in Jakarta turn to social media. Timelines are clogged with rants about congestion, info on alternate routes, photos of how deep the water is in front of Kelapa Gading as well as pictures of foolhardy motorists plowing through half-meter-deep waters.

Some, however, choose to just laugh, making or reading Internet memes about the capital’s latest apocalyptic deluge.