The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, December 18 2014, 7:21 AM
The Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) task force announced on Wednesday that the first stage of the relocation-housing project for eruption evacuees in the forested Siosar area in Merek district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, would definitely be completed by Christmas this year.
Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response
Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.
The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.
When the earth shook in 2004 under the seaside village of Kuala Bubon, Husna was washing clothes at a well. She ran to find her mother, but the older woman refused to leave their house near the sea. So Husna ran with her 8-year old son Bagus to the mosque, where some villagers were hurriedly preparing to leave. She left Bagus there and returned for her mother, who again refused to leave, even though the sea level was dropping drastically–a prelude to a tsunami, though Husna admits she’d never heard the word before.
Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good
The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.
The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.
BANJARNEGARA – The search operation for landslide victims at Jemblung Hamlet, Sampang Village, Karangkobar Sub-district, Banjarnegara Regency was forced to be suspended earlier due to heavy rain pouring down since 01.00 pm WIB. The soil condition had become muddy and dangerous to the joint team. Until Tuesday (16/12) 05.15 pm WIB, the victims that had been found were 64 people dead, of which 41 were men and 23 women. There are still 44 people missing.Today, the joint team managed to find 8 bodies and one piece of female foot.
Over 2,400 people were affected by flood in Bengalon, Kutai District, Province of East Kalimantan. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/766)
The overflow of Cibarengkok River due to torrential rain has submerged nearly 500 houses in Garut, West Java Province. About 2,100 people were displaced because of the flooding. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/765)
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, December 16 2014, 7:42 PM
Lamongan regency administration in East Java has planted two million trees around hillside areas of Pucakwangi village in Babat district, Lamongan in order to prevent landslides severely affecting the area.
Lamongan Regent Fadeli said on Tuesday that planting trees in Pucakwangi was necessary because the village was located in a hilly area of Lamongan, which makes it prone to disasters such as landslides and flooding.
Nadya Natahadibrata, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, December 17 2014, 10:03 AM
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has earmarked Rp 6.19 trillion (US$329 million) from the state budget for next year’s flood-mitigation projects, following predictions that the wet season will peak in January and February 2015.
Suherdjoko and Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Banjarnegara, Central Java | Archipelago | Wed, December 17 2014, 10:09 AM
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Tuesday that his administration was looking for the right location to relocate those living in landslide red zones, following a devastating landslide that struck a hamlet in Banjarnegara regency recently.
“We call it local transmigration,” Ganjar said.
The governor said the administration was working with Yogyakarta-based Gajah Mada University (UGM) to map the vulnerable areas in Central Java.
JAKARTA – The Head of BNPB, after dealing with the landslides in Banjarnegara, arrived at Gambir Station this morning at 07.30 am WIB, and immediately led a meeting to anticipate flooding in Jakarta at the Ministry of Public Works office in Jakarta (15/12).
"Disasters cannot deny public services which should not be hindered by political purposes," said Syamsul Maarif. "The problem of sanitation is also a concern for the refugees," he added.
BANJARNEGARA – The Regent of Banjarnegara confirmed that the emergency response period for landslide disaster in Banjarnegara had been established from 8 to 21 December 2014. This means that even before the landslide in the Jemblung Village, the local government in Banjarnegara had already been in emergency period due to the landslide in Wanayasa, Pejawaran and Sigaluh Sub-districts. With the occurrence of a bigger landslide in the Jemblung Village, the emergency handling concentration is diverted here.
On 26 December 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that devastated India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Aceh. Over a quarter of a million people were killed and 1.5 million made homeless.
Caritas launched a half-a-billion dollar programme, providing emergency assistance to over a million people, built permanent houses for 33,000 families and helped provide livelihoods for over 85,000 people.
Hardest hit was the Indonesian province of Aceh. A decade later, Caritas caught up with some of the people and programmes it supported.
Boat on roof
South Sulawesi is located between 0°12' - 8°S and 116°48' - 122°36'E. South Sulawesi borders the following: Central Sulawesi Province and West Sulawesi Province (North), Flores Sea (South), West Sulawesi Province and Makassar Strait (West) and the Gulf of Bone and Southeast Sulawesi Province (East). The total area of South Sulawesi is 45,764.53 km².
Southeast Sulawesi is located between 2°45' and 6°15'S and 120°45' and 124°45'E. The province’s total area is 38.140 km². Southeast Sulawesi borders South Sulawesi Province and Central Sulawesi Province (North), the Banda Sea (East), the Flores Sea (South) and the Bone Gulf (West).
Southeast Sulawesi has a wet tropical climate with a yearly average rainfall of 2,000 mm and the temperature ranges from 23°C - 32°C. (Source: Sulawesi Tenggara Dalam Angka 2012)
Gorontalo Province is located at 0°19' - 1°15'N and 121°23' - 123°43'E. The total area of the province is 11,967.64 km² or 0.63% of Indonesia. Gorontalo borders directly with Central Sulawesi (West) and North Sulawesi (East) and it faces the Sulawesi Sea (North) and the Tomini Gulf (South).
Gorontalo has five regencies (Boalemo, Gorontalo, Pohuwato, Bone Bolango and North Gorontalo Regencies) and one city (Gorontalo City).
West Sulawesi is located at 0°12' - 3°38'S and 118°43'15" - 119°54'3"E. West Sulawesi has the following boundaries: Central Sulawesi Province (North), South Sulawesi Province (South and East) and the Makassar Strait (West). The total area of West Sulawesi is 16.937,16 km² of which Mamuju, the largest district, covers the largest area of the province, approximately 47.32% or 8,014.06 km². Mejene, the smallest disrict, covers approximately 5.59% or 947.84 km² of the entire province.
During a flood-anticipation coordination meeting at the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry office in South Jakarta, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama offered a helping hand to neighboring cities and regencies in Greater Jakarta.
Indonesia - Landslide
• The death toll, due to the landslide that affected the regency of Banjanegara in Central Java on 12 December, has risen to 51, while rescue efforts continue for the remaining 75 missing people, according to BNPB, as of 15 December.
Thailand – Severe Weather
• Heavy rainfall has affected southern Thailand in the past couple of days, with 83mm measured in 24h in Nakhon Si Thammarat on 14 December.