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Mt. Merapi cold lava threatens locals

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The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

Aerial shots from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) show that cold lava flows from Mount Merapi continue to threaten residents living on the slopes of the volcano, as some 70 million cubic meters of volcanic material from Mt. Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 remain at its summit.

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Volcano’s eruptions to continue indefinitely: Official

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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

An observation team says that Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, is likely to continue erupting for quite some time following an increase in seismic activity on Monday.

As of 12 p.m. Monday, Mt. Sinabung had 148 temblors comprising 83 short-period quakes, 34 low-frequency and 31 mixed tremors.

Observation team member Arif Cahyo said Mt. Sinabung’s tectonic quakes showed that a large volume of magma was present, indicating that the volcano would continue to erupt for a long time.

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How a low-tech mobile app is changing the way Indonesia responds to disasters

18 Oct 2014 by Lulu Muhammad and Gina Meutia

Did you know that nearly eight out of ten Indonesians have access to cell phones?

We are talking about over 230 million people across three time zones and out of those users; around 61 million are connected to the Internet via their phones. This impressively high number presents an opportunity to enhance disaster risk management in Indonesia, already a world leader in producing evidence based information systems, planning and monitoring tools.

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Toddler killed in South Aceh flood

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he Jakarta Post, Banda Aceh | Archipelago | Tue, October 21 2014, 7:37 AM

A 2-year-old girl was killed Sunday when she was swept away by floodwater that hit six villages in Labuhan Haji district in South Aceh regency, Aceh.

Heavy rain, which began on Saturday, engulfed residential areas and farmland in Apha, Pisang, Hulu Pisang, Ujung Batu, Manggis, Harapan and Padang Bakau villages. Flooding followed when the Labuhan Haji River burst its banks.

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New President Should Highlight Rights in Papua

Visit to Easternmost Provinces a Chance to Endorse Specific Reforms

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Sinabung area residents lack food, clean water

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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

Thousands of residents in 16 subdistricts around Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, are badly in need of clean water, after withstanding the effects of the volcano’s eruptions from their houses for almost two weeks.

Indonesian Volunteer Community chairman Susanto said that many of the affected residents were going hungry as they had begun running out of food on Wednesday. He added that the regency administration had yet to allow the residents to move although volcanic activities continued to increase.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods

10/15/2014 - 04:37 GMT

by Sam Reeves

Jakarta has launched a multi-billion-dollar scheme to build a huge sea wall to combat flooding as the Indonesian capital sinks, but there is scepticism about its chances of success in a country with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects.

The 35 kilometre (22 mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city's northern coast, is the centrepiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
International Day for Disaster Reduction

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As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Islamic Relief highlights seven of its projects that are helping vulnerable communities to reduce their risk from disasters.

Developing early warning systems in Bangladesh

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Sinabung’s ash blankets Berastagi city

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Apriadi Gunawan

Volcanic ash showers from Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have for the last three days reportedly paralyzed Berastagi city, a popular tourist destination located 30 kilometers from the erupting volcano.

Fhandi, a fruit trader in Berastagi, said most traders in the main traditional market and fruit market had closed their kiosks over fears that volcanic ash would cover their merchandise.

“As the result, business here is paralyzed,” Fhandi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday,

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West Papua Report October 2014

This is the 126th 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).

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Lab Notes: Google sounds local disaster alarm with Alerts

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JAKARTA: Google says it’s launching its Google Public Alerts and Crisis Map for Indonesia to fight calamities that afflict people living in the so-called Ring of Fire.

Google’s head of partnerships for Google Crisis Response, Meryl Stone, said that the service would initially alert users to earthquakes and tsunamis.

“The Crisis Response started in the mid-2000s as a volunteer project after seeing a real need for real-time mapping,” Stone said.

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Rapid-fire eruptions from Mt. Sinabung

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Apriadi Gunawan

Just over a year ago, an eruption from Mount Sinabung killed 14 people and forced more than 33,000 others to evacuate their homes. The volcano began erupting again on Sunday, emitting pyroclastic flows that were the largest for five months.

Local people panicked, including those who are still living in evacuation shelters since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 15 last year, because of the size of the flows and clouds of volcanic ash, which extended to Berastagi city, 13 kilometers from Sinabung.

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Floods engulf hundreds of houses in Medan

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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Sat, October 04 2014, 4:22 PM

Substantial flooding is affecting several districts in Medan, North Sumatra, engulfing hundreds of houses and paralyzing traffic along a number of roads.

The floods were caused by the banks of the Babura and Deli rivers bursting, as heavy rain had fallen for hours on the city from Friday evening to early Saturday morning.

The worst flood hit Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimun district, where the water was almost shoulder height.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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West Papua Report September 2014

This is the 125th 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).

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Myanmar + 4 others
Business Leaders and Health Experts Gather in Yangon for First Regional Meeting on Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific

(29 September, Yangon, Myanmar) More than 100 leaders from the health, development and corporate sectors have gathered in Yangon to participate in the seminal regional forum on Opportunities for Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific. In advance of the 2015 enactment of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and broader ASEAN economic integration, this one-day meeting seeks to identify tangible opportunities for strengthened public-private partnerships to support regional malaria control strategies and drive progress toward country-specific development targets.

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Earthquake modelling to create safer communities in southeast Asia

Participants from around southeast Asia are meeting in Canberra to be trained in state of the art earthquake modelling techniques to better understand the potential impacts on their communities.

Representatives from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Singapore will spend two weeks in a capacity building exercise at Geoscience Australia working with software - called OpenQuake - designed to create earthquake models and scenarios of real events.

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NTT experiences water shortages

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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Sun, September 21 2014, 11:38 PM

Around 1,870 villages in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province are currently facing water shortages amid the peak of the dry season.

The NTT Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said that up to 39,879 people were affected by the drought, and due to the continued scarcity of water, affected villagers were being forced to buy water at higher prices from neighboring villages.

Water prices can reach up to between Rp 200,000 (US$16.68) and Rp 300,000 for a 5,000-liter water tank.