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22 Mar 2017 description

Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

By Beh Lih Yi

JAKARTA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

20 Mar 2017 description



5.1 M earthquake shook Taik Kyi. The earthquake has damaged about 40 buildings. 26 people were also reportedly injured.



194 houses were damaged by landslide in South Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province


Flood inundated three subdistricts in Jakarta. Nearly 3,300 people were affected.

Flood affected 430 families in Bekasi, West Java Province. 135 people were evacuated because of the incident.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

14 Mar 2017 description
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Rizal Harahap
The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru | Mon, March 13, 2017 | 04:43 pm

Regencies in Riau have been hit with flooding since mid-February, with at least four lives claimed. Fernando, 20, a resident of Pelalawan regency, died when crossing the overflowing Nilo River on March 2, while Suguh, 11, a resident of Kampar, drowned in the Sebayang River on March 3.

13 Mar 2017 description


  • Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated due to the flood in Bandung District, West Java Province.

  • Torrential rain has caused flooding in Aceh Tenggara, Aceh Province. The incident affected nearly 3,500 families and damaged 5 houses.

  • 245 houses were submerged by flood in Tapin District, South Kalimantan Province.

  • Flood also inundated 625 houses in Boalemo District, Gorontalo Province.


08 Mar 2017 description
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Pacific Island States Urge Human Rights Council to Intervene

By Andreas Harsono

A coalition of Pacific island states is urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate human rights abuses in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua (generally referred to as “Papua”).

07 Mar 2017 description
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Pekanbaru, Riau | Mon, March 6, 2017 | 04:24 pm

After four days of flooding, overflowing rivers in Kuantan Singingi regency, Riau, have paralyzed daily activities in several areas.

The regency’s education agency recorded that 19 schools had told students to remain at home to stay safe.

“Water inundates classrooms and schoolyards, and also the streets nearby. It will be hard for the children to come to school,” agency head Jupirman said on Monday.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • Heavy rain in several areas of the country over the past days has caused floods and landslides.

  • As of 6 March at 7.00 UTC, BNPB reported six deaths and two injuries in Lima Puluh Kota Regency (West Sumatra Province). Local media also reported at least 2 750 houses damaged in the provinces of West Sumatra, Riau, Jakarta, East Java and Central Java.

  • As of 6 March at 7.00 UTC, BMKG has issued several early warnings for heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms.

06 Mar 2017 description



  • Flood and landslide hit Lima Puluh Kota District in West Sumatra Province causing six deaths and 250 houses inundated.

  • Five districts in Riau Province also flooded. Nearly 2,500 families were affected.

  • In Jakarta, flood submerged two sub-districts which affected nearly 4,000 people.


  • Strong wind accompanied by heavy rain has caused damages to 390 houses in Kudus, Central Java Province.

05 Mar 2017 description
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Rizal Harahap
The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru, Riau | Sun, March 5, 2017 | 03:20 pm

Floodwater has inundated more than 2,000 houses in Riau following heavy rain that drenched a number of regions in the province over the past few days.

Among the affected regions, Rokan Hulu has suffered the most, followed by Kuantan Singingi, Indragiri Hulu, Pelalawan and Kampar regencies, according to the latest data of the Riau Social Affairs Agency.

03 Mar 2017 description

By Liam Fox

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua region, also known as West Papua.

Vanuatu's Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request to a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and spoke on behalf of his own country as well as Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands.

02 Mar 2017 description
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By Agus Maryono

At least 20 people were evacuated following landslides in Kaliajir village, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, after landslides affected around 140 houses.

“The level of the damage varied. There are houses whose foundations have been undermined and there are also houses that have cracks as a result of soil movements,” villager Karmin, 43 said on Wednesday.

01 Mar 2017 description

During recent heavy rains, citizens in Jakarta have been harnessing the power of social media to report flood locations via the new PetaBencana.id platform. Flood information received by PetaBencana.id is automatically incorporated into InAWARE, a decision support system in use operationally by Indonesia’s national disaster management agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, BNPB) and the DKI Jakarta Province regional disaster management agency (BPBD) for this flooding and similar hazard events.

28 Feb 2017 description


• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past two months causing floods and landslides.

• According to national authorities, as of 28 February, 17 people died and ten people were injured in the provinces of West Java, Bali, Central Sulawesi and North Sulawesi.
They also reported that over 5 500 people have been evacuated, more than 8 600 houses have been damaged and over 24 200 people have been affected in several provinces of the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lesser Sunda, Sulawesi, Maluku, Borneo.

28 Feb 2017 description
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UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently developed a tool that can help gain insights on the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on food prices and the resilience of affected populations throughout Indonesia.

This is a post by Anthea Webb, Representative and Country Director at the World Food Programme in Indonesia, and Derval Usher, Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta.

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27 Feb 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past 48 h, causing floods and landslides.

  • As of 27 February at 7.00 UTC, BNPB reported that two people have gone missing and 11 houses have been destroyed in Central Java region. Local media reported, as of the same date, several damaged houses and traffic disruptions in West Java, Central Java, East Java region, Gorontalo and Aceh regions.

27 Feb 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action

The Government of Indonesia has identified a total of 250 villages that are mostly affected from three districts (Bireuen, Pidie and Pidie Jaya) and PMI has decided to focus its assistance on 60 of those villages for recovery support. PMI has raised around CHF 2 million (almost 50% from IFRC including DREF and DFAT funding) for this operation. The operation covers health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter and livelihood.

27 Feb 2017 description


  • Strong wind accompanied by heavy rain has affected and damaged 82 houses in Pati District, Central Java Province.

  • Continuous rain has triggered flooding in Jakarta and Bekasi last week. The BPBD Jakarta (disaster management authority), reported that flood inundated Cipinang and Kampung Melayu areas where 1,058 people had to be evacuated due to the situation.

  • Subsequently, flood also occurred in Bekasi District, West Java Province. In this incident, about 5,200 people were reportedly affected.

23 Feb 2017 description
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Severianus Endi

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, has issued an early warning for floods in the province ahead of downpours forecast for this week.

The agency issued the warning, which has been circulated via personal messaging applications, about the potential of heavy rains and rainstorms on Wednesday. The forecast is for Sambas, Bengkayang, Landak, Sanggau, Sintang, Kapuas Hulu, Melawi, Ketapang regencies and Pontianak municipalities.

22 Feb 2017 description

◾Heavy rain has been affecting most of the country over the past few days, causing floods. Approx. 144 mm of rain were recorded in Jakarta city (Java island) in 24 h over 20 - 21 February.

◾According to local media, as of 21 February at 7.00 UTC, one person died in Bekasi city (West Java province), over 5 000 people have been evacuated and more than 1 580 houses have been damaged. Traffic has been disrupted in the provinces of Central Java, West Java, East Jakarta and North Sulawesi.