Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Surabaya | Archipelago | Mon, January 26 2015, 9:16 AM
The East Java provincial administration has declared an extraordinary situation (KLB) status over an outbreak of dengue fever, which has hit 1,054 patents, 25 of whom have died, in 38 regencies and cities.
The head of the Provincial Health Agency, Harsono, said that the KLB status was effective for 11 regions in the province.
Incessant rain since Thursday has inundated at least 36 locations across Jakarta.
"The level of rivers is safe, but 36 locations are inundated," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.
He said the water volume of the Ciliwung, Karet, Krukut, Pesanggrahan, Angke, Cipinang and Sunter rivers, was normal despite the heavy rain.
However, parts of the capital city were inundated due to the poor drainage system, he said.
Flood occurred in Tebing Tinggi and Langkat, North Sumatra Province and affected more than 7,800 families. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/794) In Pidie, flood inundated 4,000 houses and 10,000 ha of agriculture areas and fish ponds. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/793)
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Sat, January 17 2015, 11:35 AM
Hundreds of hectares of rice fields and horticultural plots in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, were reported to have been destroyed by floods.
On Friday, floods in the regency continued to expand to a number of other districts following heavy downpours over the area since Thursday afternoon.
Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, January 19 2015, 9:46 AM
Hundreds of residents displaced by a landslide in Jemblung hamlet in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, are running out of patience as they wait to move to reloca-tion areas as promised by the government.
Indonesia has witnessed an increasing impact of natural disasters to the population in the past years. In the efforts to improving decision making process to avoid the negative impact of natural disasters becoming man-made disasters, information management plays a pivotal role. Various relevant stakeholders need to be more prepared on managing data and information. Well managed data and information will help calibrate the response and coordinate the influx of aid to ensure timely and efficiency of assistance to those who need help most.
Heavy rain from Sunday until 4 a.m. on Monday has triggered floods in several places in Bae and Mejobo districts in Kudus regency, Central Java. The flooding was to a depth of 25 cm and entered a number of school compounds.
To ensure students were not trapped by subsequent floods, as happened last year, some schools decided to close on Monday and hundreds of students were sent home.
Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Demak, Central Java | Archipelago | Wed, January 14 2015, 10:03 AM
Floods hit five villages in Karangawen district in Demak regency, Central Java, on Tuesday, engulfing around 55 hectares of rice and corn crops and fish ponds.
More than 100 homes were also swamped by the floods, as was the Semarang-Grobogan highway, rendering it only passable by trucks.
Indra Budiari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Wed, January 14 2015, 10:59 AM
As many as 416 officers from the Jakarta Police held a flood response drill on Tuesday on the banks of the Ciliwung River, near Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, an area subject to annual flooding.
A number of canoes, inflatable boats and wooden rafts were deployed to the riverbanks for the simulation, with hundreds of local residents watching.
http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/791 High rainfall intensity has triggered flooding in Rokan Hilir, Province of Riau. About 11,880 people were affected and nearly 2,000 houses were inundated.
http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/792 Flood submerged several subdistricts in Manado, South Sulawesi Province affecting more than 3,000 people.
Displaced people living around the erupting Mountain Sinabung of North Sumatra have complained that they have not received any assistance from the government, including the help promised by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
“We are not categorized as refugees any longer. That’s why we did not receive any assistance and are banned from living in the shelters,” Erwina Meliala, 43, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
Flash floods destroyed at least three houses and engulfed dozens of houses in Balukang I and Balukang II villages in North Sojol district, Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday night.
“Three houses were damaged. But with the rain still pouring, more houses could be destroyed,” Abdul Aziz told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
Aziz said the flood occurred when a river near Bode village overflowed. It had been heavily raining there since Saturday morning.
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra
The latest eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Saturday halted activities in the districts of Tiganderket, Payung and Lau Balang.
Pyroclastic flows hit the three districts located southwest of the volcano, completely covering the area with thick layers of volcanic ash early Saturday morning. Thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes.
Major floods inundated parts of Lebak regency, Banten, following incessant rains, an official said Monday.
"All flood victims have evacuated to safer places," Cimarga district head Ade Sutiana said.
The floodwaters, reaching a height of up to 1.5 meters, submerged 72 houses inhabited by 386 people, according to Antara news agency.
Regency authorities have declared that the region was in a state of alert following the overflowing of several rivers, including Cimarga and Ciberang-Ciujung.
Prolonged flooding in a number of farming areas in Sumatra and Java has triggered harvest failures and damage to farmland.
The Jambi Agriculture Office revealed Tuesday that around 8,000 hectares of rice fields in the province were facing harvest failure as they were waterlogged.
Office head Amrin Aziz said the floods in Jambi province, which hit Kerinci and Muaro Jambi regencies and Jambi City, had caused a 12,000-ton drop in rice production.
Emergency Assistance to Communities Affected by Mount Kelud Eruption in East Java Province
Jonatan A. Lassa and Goh Tian, Singapore | Opinion | Tue, December 30 2014, 10:28 AM
Great progress has been achieved in rebuilding the lives of farmers in Aceh 10 years after the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami. The hardest hit province is also a fertile learning ground for governments and organizations to develop necessary plans for agricultural restoration after a big disaster.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) says as many as 566 people were killed by natural disasters throughout 2014, highlighting the need to look at better ways to reduce the impacts of such catastrophic events.
“Preliminary data of disaster events in Indonesia throughout 2014 show that natural disasters still pose a real threat,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific
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