Friday, December 19, 2014
Nurul Aina was not at home when the 2004 tsunami swept over Lam Pulo, a neighborhood of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island. The 8-year old girl was sleeping at her grandparent’s home several kilometers away, and was thus spared the violent waves that flattened the family’s home, killing her parents and two siblings. As international aid poured into Aceh in the months after the tragedy, the residents of Lam Pulo grew frustrated with the slow pace of reconstruction.
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 12/19/2014 - 09:08 GMT
Indonesia temporarily closed a domestic airport Friday after a volcano in the country's east erupted, spewing plumes of ash hundreds of metres into the air, officials said.
The volcano, Mount Gamalama -- which forms the entire island of Ternate in North Maluku province -- erupted late Thursday and was still coughing up ash the following day.
While no one in the area has yet been told to evacuate, an airport in Ternate town at the mountain's foot was forced to close, the transport ministry said.
Communities seeking redress for their lands, grabbed for pulpwood plantations in Sumatra, are let down by resolution process, reveals new report.
Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.
By Linda Bloom
Dec. 17, 2014 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
When the Rev. Henry Leono surveyed Banda Aceh 18 days after a deadly tsunami all but obliterated the Indonesia city, he found the devastation difficult to accept.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.
The Riau Islands province lies between 0°29'S and 04°40'N and from 103°22' - 109°4'E and is one of Indoensia’s many island province’s. The islands are bordered with Vietnam and Cambodia (North), South Sumatra Province and Jambi Province (South), Singapore, Malaysia and Riau Province (West), Malaysia and West Kalimantan Province (East).
The Bangka Belitung Islands province lies between 0°50' - 4°10'S and 104°50' - 109°30'E and is depicted as a group of two islands: Bangka and Belitung. The boundaries of the province include: Bangka Strait (West), Karimata Strait (East), Natuna Sea (North) and the Java Sea (South). Bangka Belitung is divided into land and sea areas with a total area of 81,725.14 km² with the land area comprising 16,424.14 km² (approximately 20% of the total area) and the territorial waters comprising 65 301 km² (or approximately 80% of the total area) .
The province DKI Jakarta lies between 6°12'S and 106°48'E. The City of Jakarta is a lowland area with an average altitude of ±7 meters above sea level. According to the Governor’s Decree No.171 of 2007, the total land area of Jakarta is 662.33 km² and the sea area is 6,977.5 km². The Capital Territory has no less than 110 islands scattered in the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) and there are about 27 rivers/waterways/canals that are used as sources of drinking water, fisheries and urban businesses.
West Java Province lies between 5°50' - 7°50'S and 104°48' - 108°48'E. West Java is bordered by the Java Sea and DKI Jakarta (North), Central JaVa Province (East), the Indian Ocean (South) and Banten Province and the Indian Ocean (West). West Java’s positioning is strategic and is an advantage especially for communication and transportation.
The province of Central Java (including Karimunjawa) lies between 5°40' - 8°30'S and 108°30' - 111°30'E. Not including Karimunjawa, the length of the province from West to East is 263km and the length from North to South is 226km.
Central Java is divided into 29 districts and 6 cities with a total area of 32,500 km² or approximately 1.70% of Indonesia’s total area. Of Central Java’s total area, 9,920 km² is wetlands (30.47%) and 22,600 km² is non-wetlands (69.53%).
Central Sulawesi is located at 2°22'N and 3°48'S, 119°22'W and 124°22'E. The province’s total area is 68,033 km² and it borders with the Sulawesi Sea and Gorontalo Province (North), Maluku Province (East), West Sulawesi Province and Southeast Sulawesi Province (South) and Makassar Strait (West).
The temperature in Central Sulawesi ranges between 24.1°C - 33.6°C and the average level of humidity ranges from 73% - 80%. The average intensity of solar radiation exposure is approximately 54.4%. (Source: Sulawesi Tengah Dalam Angka 2012)
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta Province is located between 07°15'24" - 07°49'26"S and 110°24'19" - 110°28'53"E. Yogyakarta is bordered by the Indonesian Ocean (South) and by Central Java including the districts Klaten, Wonogiri, Purworejo and Megelang (Northeast, Southeast, West and Northwest).
Yogyakarta province has a total area of 3,185.80 km2 or 0.17% of Indonesia’s total area. The province consists of four districts (Sleman, Bantul, Gunungkidul and Kulon Progo) and one city (the city of Yogyakarta).
East Java is located between 7°12' - 8°48'S and 111°0' - 114°4'E. The province has 229 islands with a total land area of 47,130.15 km² and a total sea area of 110,764.28 km².
It is bordered by the Java Sea (North), the Indian Ocean (South), the Bali Strait (East) and Bali and Central Java (West) and is divided into 29 districts and nine cities.
Bali is located between the islands Java and Lombok, approximately 3.2km from the island of Java, at 08°03’40” - 08°50’48”S and 114°25’53” - 115°42’40”E. Bali is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and is approximately 153km from West to East and 112km from North to South with a total area of 5,636.66km2 or 0.29% of Indonesia’s total area.
The Province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is located between 8°10' - 9°5'S and 115°46' - 119°5'E. NTB consists of two big islands, Lombok and Sumbawa, and hundreds of small islands; however, of the 280 islands that exist only 32 islands have been inhabited. The total area of NTB is 20,153.15 km² with Sumbawa covering 15,414.5 km² or 76.49% of the total. The boundaries of NTB include the Java Sea and Flores Sea (North), the Indian Ocean (South), the Lombok Strait and Bali (West) and lastly the Sape Strait and East Nusa Tenggara (East).
The Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is located between 7°46'36.34" - 11°00'32.55"S and 118°55'20.79" - 125°08'22.34"E. The boundaries of NTT are the Flores Sea (North), the Atlantic Ocean (South), Timor Leste (East) and West Nusa Tenggara (West). The province’s total land area is 47,349.90 km² and its total sea area is 151,417.731 km² that encompasses over 96 islands. Most of NTT’s area is mountainous and hilly with a few flat areas. It has 40 rivers and the lengths range from 25 - 118 kilometers.