President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for aggressive development in water pumping systems to anticipate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, which has already caused water deficiencies in several areas of Indonesia.
The government’s short-term plan to anticipate ongoing drought is to distribute more water pumps to farming groups in areas with severe water shortages.
The Indonesian Red Cross Society says water is an urgent need for remote communities in the Papua region still suffering from a severe cold snap.
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By Ahmad Husein, IFRC
In recent weeks, thousands of people in the Indonesian Province of Papua have been suffering the effects of a severe cold wave that has left remote communities in need of food and clean water.
The cold wave first struck at the beginning of July, hitting the district of Lanny Jaya particularly hard. The sub-districts of Kuyawage, West Wanu and Goa Baliem were struck by hailstorms accompanied by freezing temperatures which plunged to minus two degrees Celsius.
The July 27, 2015 M 7.0 earthquake Abepura, Indonesia occurred as the result of reverse faulting on a fault plane dipping moderately either to the northeast, or southwest. The earthquake occurred in a broad zone of convergence between the Pacific and Australia plates, whose boundary in this region is divided by some authors into a series of microplates that together take up the relative motions between the larger plates. The epicenter of the July 27 event lies close to the boundaries between the Maoke, Woodlark and Caroline microplates.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Aggregate 2015 rice production officially forecast at record level
Concern about negative impact of El Niño event on 2015 secondary season cereal production at local level
Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March)
Rice prices were stable in June but at high levels
Jayapura, Indonesia | Monday 7/28/2015 - 07:58 GMT
A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings.
The 7.0-magnitude quake struck inland in a mountainous area of Papua in the early hours, almost 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the province's capital Jayapura, the US Geological Survey said.
Nearly all the 31,450 people currently displaced by conflict and violence in Indonesia were forced to flee their homes more than 15 years ago. The majority live in West Timor in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and are at risk of being forgotten by the national authorities and the international community. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, over the years Indonesia has made considerable efforts to resettle the province’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Drought and extreme cold weather since early Jul in remote and inland Papua Province, particularly Lani Jaya and Puncak Jaya Districts, has created acute food insecurity. Eleven people died, including seven children and 20,160 households are reportedly affected.
Local government is providing assistance, including 28 tonnes of food.1
Following days of heavy rain, there was flooding in Aceh Jaya District of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province on 15 Jul. Over 7,900 houses were inundated and 25,750 people affected, including almost 2,300 displaced.
Feni Anggraini believes that happiness is when you can share the feeling with others.
Last year, when the student from Depok, West Java, was 18 years old, she became a volunteer to help the victims affected by the floods in South Jakarta. She joined an organization called Polytechnic Student Communication Forum in Indonesia (FKMPI), which had a specific program called FKMPI Care designed to perform social activities during and in the aftermath of disasters.
Jakarta, 6 July 2015. Indonesia – one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries – needs to continue taking precautionary measures to protect its vulnerable population, particularly women, girls and youth – in times of natural disasters and emergencies, officials said on Monday.
Speaking at a seminar to mark the upcoming World Population Day, UNFPA Indonesia’s Representative Mr. Jose Ferraris said that often during the chaos of a crisis or an emergency, the needs of women and young people were often neglected.
The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) said on Friday that Indonesia would suffer the worst drought in the past five years in 2015.
“Now our index reaches 1.37. Our prediction is it will get higher, between 1.5 and 2.5. This is the highest in the last five years,” Lapan representative Erma Yulihastin said, referring to an index that was measured based on El Nino phenomenon, or the anomaly in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.
She also said that the drought in July would happen in 80 percent of Indonesia’s territory.
This is the 134th 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). Back issues are posted online at http://www.etan.org/issues/wpapua/default.htm Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 1700 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh were stranded in the waters of Aceh and North Sumatra in the last fourth period.
1722 Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh have placed in 4 areas evacuation.
Before arrival Rohingya and Bangladesh refugees in May 2015, there are 11 941 refugees in Indonesia since the ethnic conflict in Myanmar in 2012.
New Atlas Charts Indonesia’s Food Security Progress
JAKARTA – Indonesia has made significant improvements in food security in the last decade, according to a new Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas published by the government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Government of Karo district increase the level of Sinabung as Level IV (alert) ON June 2, 2015.
Sinabung Volcano activity is predicted to continue the eruption up to five years.
10.644 people (3,149 families) from 12 villages were displaced and dispersed in 10 shelters. Refugees not only comes from the village southeast side of Peak crater, but also the north side of the village, east and southwest
By, Indonesian Red Cross (PMI)
KUALA CANGKOI, Aceh, Indonesia – “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach area.
Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.
“Five months,” confirms the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.
The woman nods.
“And your age? How old are you?”
The woman flashes both hands three times.
“30?” the midwife repeats, imitating the woman’s hand actions.
The woman nods.
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According to UN estimates, about 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in early 2015. Some have been abandoned by their traffickers with little food or water. Many of them are women and young children. The government in Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, denies them freedom to travel and access to education in Myanmar and has refused to accept any back.