Nethy Dharma Somba, thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, February 10 2016, 8:45 PM -
The Mappi administration in Papua has declared an extraordinary situation (KLB) status over a dengue outbreak. From November 2015 to February this year, the administration recorded 12 people who tested positive for dengue and this is the highest number of cases ever experienced in the regency.
thejakartapost.com, Pangkalan | Archipelago | Tue, February 09 2016, 11:20 PM
Road access between Padang and Pekanbaru in West Sumatra returned to normal on Tuesday after the flood waters that closed the road over the weekend subsided.
Pangkalan Police head Ipda Kalbert Jonaidi said access to the Sumatra causeway was reopened on Monday evening after the water started to drain. A queue of vehicles 10 kilometers long lined up from Bukittinggi and Riau.
"It took two hours to reduce the congestion," Kalbert said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.
thejakartapost.com | Archipelago | Tue, February 09 2016, 2:08 PM
Hundreds of residents of Lampur Village, Bangka Belitung province, were evacuated from their houses on Tuesday after water levels reaching up to 3 meters in height inundated the area.
"The village is sheltering flood victims at a PT Timah building,” said Dani, a member of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.
NEW YORK, le 5 février 2016 – Au moins 200 millions de filles et de femmes en vie aujourd'hui ont subi des mutilations génitales dans 30 pays, d'après un nouveau rapport statistique publié à l'approche de la Journée internationale de la tolérance zéro à l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) des Nations Unies.
A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya, thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Jakarta | Tue, February 02 2016, 11:41 AM
As the rainy season nears its peak, the Jakarta city administration has begun preparing for flooding by readying water pumps, including mobile appliances, to secure a number of flood-prone areas in the capital.
"We’ve prepared 69 mobile water pumps and we have put them in five areas in Jakarta, especially in the areas that are prone to floods," Water Management Agency head Teguh Hendrawan told thejakartapost.com on Tuesday.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
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President Joko Widodo’s record during his first year in office was mixed. His administration signaled it would more actively defend the rights of Indonesia’s beleaguered religious minorities, victimized by both Islamist militants and discriminatory laws, but made few concrete policy changes. He granted clemency in May to five of Papua’s political prisoners and released another one in October, but at time of writing had not freed the approximately 70 Papuans and 29 Ambonese still imprisoned for peaceful advocacy of independence.
No girl should be robbed of her childhood, education, health and aspirations. Yet today millions of girls are denied their rights each year when they are married young — UN Women.
Indonesian girls are no exception. Millions of young girls in Indonesia are married before they celebrate their 18th birthday.
Teen and child marriage is prevalent in many parts of Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, with the highest prevalence in Java, Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan and South Sulawesi, mostly occurring in rural areas.
Vietnam will be one of the eight Asian countries in collaboration with Japan's Hokkaido and Tohoku Universities to launch a group of miniature satellites which will monitor weather patterns and storms across Asia.
How USAID is Preparing and Responding Globally
The current El Niño event is one of the strongest in recorded history. Droughts, floods, and other extreme weather exacerbated by El Niño are driving families from their homes, hurting people’s ability to earn an income, triggering food shortages, and threatening health and nutrition.
Despite Widodo’s promise of an “opening,” journalists are still being kept out of Papua.
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Deputy Director, Asia Division
There are new hazards for foreign journalists attempting to report from Indonesia’s restive easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua (generally referred to as “Papua”): visa denial and blacklisting. Just ask Bangkok-based France 24 TV correspondent Cyril Payen.
The Jakarta Post, Kupang | Archipelago | Sat, January 23 2016, 3:21 PM
KUPANG: Dozens of babies in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), are suffering from acute respiratory infection (ISPA) triggered by sulfur and other toxic gas emissions as the eruption of Mount Egon continues.
“Data, as of Thursday, showed that 24 babies in the evacuation shelters have been suffering from ISPA. A medical team from Sikka Health Agency has been deployed to provide immediate treatment,” Sikka Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Fred Djer told reporters.
The Jakarta Post, Jambi | Archipelago | Wed, January 20 2016, 3:25 PM
A flash flood, triggered by the swollen Batang Asam River, struck houses in Tanjung Belit village, Jujuhan district, Bungo regency, Jambi, on Monday.
“The incidence took place at about 2 a.m. local time when most people were fast asleep. After seeing the water rise, people immediately left their homes,” said villager Azhar on Tuesday.
“A nearby bridge was also engulfed by water and logs have piled up under it,” he added.
Kupang, Indonesia | AFP | Tuesday 1/19/2016 - 10:52 GMT
More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes to escape a gurgling volcano in eastern Indonesia spewing clouds of ash and toxic gas into the air.
Officials said Tuesday they had distributed thousands of gas masks to villagers around Mount Egon in eastern Flores island as the choking fumes from the volcano intensified.
By Nick Baker, Communication and Knowledge Management Officer
It’s Monday morning at 8am in the Papuan village of Poumako. As a brass bell rings, groups of children emerge from their houses and begin the walk to class. But not Teo – the nine year old isn’t going to school today. He actually rarely does.
More than 1,200 people were evacuated from three villages in Egon Gahar, Matitara district, Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday morning, as the alert status of Mount Egon in the regency was raised to siaga (high alert).
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 1/17/2016 - 08:46 GMT
Eight people were hurt and about 120 houses damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake shook remote eastern Indonesia on Sunday, a government official said.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 46 kilometres (29 miles) at 8:22 am local time (2322 GMT Saturday) in the Banda Sea near the Maluku islands, according to the US Geological Survey.