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27 Feb 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action

The Government of Indonesia has identified a total of 250 villages that are mostly affected from three districts (Bireuen, Pidie and Pidie Jaya) and PMI has decided to focus its assistance on 60 of those villages for recovery support. PMI has raised around CHF 2 million (almost 50% from IFRC including DREF and DFAT funding) for this operation. The operation covers health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter and livelihood.

23 Feb 2017 description
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Severianus Endi

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, has issued an early warning for floods in the province ahead of downpours forecast for this week.

The agency issued the warning, which has been circulated via personal messaging applications, about the potential of heavy rains and rainstorms on Wednesday. The forecast is for Sambas, Bengkayang, Landak, Sanggau, Sintang, Kapuas Hulu, Melawi, Ketapang regencies and Pontianak municipalities.

22 Feb 2017 description

◾Heavy rain has been affecting most of the country over the past few days, causing floods. Approx. 144 mm of rain were recorded in Jakarta city (Java island) in 24 h over 20 - 21 February.

◾According to local media, as of 21 February at 7.00 UTC, one person died in Bekasi city (West Java province), over 5 000 people have been evacuated and more than 1 580 houses have been damaged. Traffic has been disrupted in the provinces of Central Java, West Java, East Jakarta and North Sulawesi.

20 Feb 2017 description
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By Suherdjoko

Flooding has struck several areas in Central Java over recent days, displacing thousands of local residents and cutting off access via main roads.

For the last two days, the overflowing Pemali, Cisaranggung and Babakan rivers have damaged embankments, causing flooding in several areas, including Brebes, Wanasari, Banjarharjo, Losari and Jatibarang.

19 Feb 2017 description

More than 8 million children in Indonesia suffer from stunted growth caused by undernutrition. That translates into a lifetime of missed opportunities as stunting increases a child’s risk for infections, delays brain development, and reduces academic achievement and earning potential. Chronic undernutrition in young children is often due to poor maternal health during pregnancy, insufficient nutrient intake, frequent childhood illness, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. But a concerted effort is underway to promote behavioral changes that can reduce stunting.

17 Feb 2017 description
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By Suherdjoko

Floods inundated several areas in Pati and Semarang, Central Java, on Wednesday.

Residents in Mintobasuki village, Pati, who have refused to leave their homes, have had to travel around by boat for the past two weeks, including to get to polling stations as they cast their ballots for a new regent.

The road that links Sukolilo to Gabus was also inundated causing a truck to veer off the road into nearby rice fields.

“This area is prone to floods so every house has a boat,” said Munawaroh, a resident of Mintobasuki.

15 Feb 2017 description
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By Panca Nugraha

Flash floods that took place in several parts of Sambelia district in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, over the weekend have inundated residential areas and displaced around 500 people.

High-intensity rainfall on Lombok Island from Friday to Saturday caused floods that cut access to some locations, the head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency's (BPBD) West Nusa Tenggara office Muhammad Rum said.

14 Feb 2017 description
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By Haeril Halim, Apriadi Gunawan and Andi Hajramurni

Despite tough immigration policies introduced by United States President Donald Trump, American representatives in Medan and Makassar have begun to resettle Rohingya Muslim refugees, giving light to the country’s recently eclipsed image as the world’s beacon of democracy, freedom and tolerance.

13 Feb 2017 description
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By Panca Nugraha

Floods and strong winds in several districts in Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara, have affected more than 6,000 families, prompting the administration to call for emergency measures.

West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Muhammad Rum, said Friday flooding occurred following heavy rain and strong winds from Tuesday to Thursday.

13 Feb 2017 description
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By Nurni Sulaiman

Residents of Medan and its surrounding areas such as Binjai, Karo, Deliserdang and Tebing Tinggi in North Sumatra are on alert after earthquakes of varied magnitude struck the area on Friday and Saturday.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck Medan and its surrounding areas on Saturday at 11:24 a.m.

10 Feb 2017 description
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By Ni Komang Erviani

Three landslides struck Bangli district in Bali on Friday leaving 12 people dead and five others injured, according to the Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Heavy rainfall on the tourist island over the past several days has generated floods across the province leading to landslides hitting Songan, Awan, and Sukawana villages, located in Kintamani sub-district on the slopes of Mount Batu, agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

08 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Repeal of Discriminatory, Brutal Bylaws Long Overdue

Phelim Kine, Deputy Director, Asia Division

08 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

06 Feb 2017 description
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6 février 2017 – A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro à l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, António Guterres, a appelé lundi à redoubler d'efforts pour lutter contre cette violation inqualifiable des droits fondamentaux, dans l'intérêt de toutes les femmes et les filles concernées, de leurs communautés, et de notre avenir à tous.

02 Feb 2017 description

Recent emergencies in Philippines, Nepal and Haiti show the value of sound construction

When a natural disaster hits an SOS Children’s Village, the ability of its infrastructure to resist the forces of nature is crucial to keep the children and staff safe. That no fatalities due to natural disaster have been reported in the history of the organisation is testimony to the construction standards it maintains.

30 Jan 2017 description
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At least 96 homes in three hamlets in Situbondo, East Java, have been deluged in floodwater since Sunday evening as a heavy downpour caused the Jumain River to overflow in the area.

"The flood hit three hamlets at 7 p.m. local time," Situbondo Disaster Mitigation Agency coordinator Puriyono was quoted as saying by Antara news agency on Monday.

Floodwater had inundated homes, reaching between 50 and 80 centimeters deep. The water had gradually receded until midnight, Puriyono said.

No casualties had been reported in the flooding, he added. (dmr)

30 Jan 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past week, causing floods and landslides.

  • Local media reported, as of 30 January at 7.00 UTC, one death in Central Sulawesi region. National authorities reported, as of the same date, at least 6 300 people affected, of which 1,300 in Bangka-Belitung region and 5 000 in North Sulawesi.

  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect the country, including the areas already affected.

30 Jan 2017 description
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Ruslan Sangadji
The Jakarta Post

Palu, Central Sulawesi | Fri, January 27, 2017 | 06:06 pm

Heavy rains have poured down on Central Sulawesi for the last two days causing flooding in several areas and claiming one life in Buol regency on Friday.

Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Bartholomeus Tandigala said several areas in Buol had been inundated by floodwaters as high as two meters. “One person died in a landslide,” he said, adding that his agency is still counting the number of houses affected.

27 Jan 2017 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

Enhanced efforts, renewed commitment, and an inclusive approach is needed to end the scourge of leprosy which continues to afflict thousands of people every year, the majority of them in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60% were in India. The other high-burden countries were Brazil and Indonesia. Of the new cases 8.9% were children and 6.7% presented with visible deformities.

26 Jan 2017 description
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UN Global Pulse is pleased to share an update on Haze Gazer, a crisis analysis and visualization tool that provides real-time information on fire and haze hotspots in Indonesia.