Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The impact of haze has reduced by the arrival of heavy rains, and the number of hotspots has diminished.
The duration of the delivery of basic medical services will be reassessed after one month of implementation, while the health education intervention will proceed for the three months period.
Apriadi Gunawan and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, The Jakarta Post, Medan/Padang | Headlines | Thu, November 26 2015, 6:27 PM
Thousands of people have fled their homes after a series of natural disasters hit several regions in the country over the past several days.
In the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan, floodwater reaching 1-meter-deep inundated thousands of homes in eight districts on Wednesday following heavy rain that poured over the region from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Headlines | Tue, November 24 2015, 6:27 PM
A large number of children, many below the age of seven, have died of an unexplained disease in Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the start of the rainy season in early November.
A medical team consisting of health workers from Nduga, Wamena and Jayawijaya regencies arrived at the location but have yet to ascertain the cause of the deaths.
Summary of WFP assistance
Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 11/20/2015 - 04:52 GMT
Indonesia is in talks with Australia about temporarily housing asylum-seekers stranded in Indonesia on an island in the archipelago, an official said Friday, but Canberra will reportedly have to cover the cost.
Canberra has introduced hardline policies to stem the influx of asylum-seekers reaching its shores on people-smuggling boats, with those arriving by sea denied resettlement in Australia even if found to be genuine refugees.
• Forest fires affected several areas of Indonesia over the last few months, especially the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Since the beginning of July, over 2 million ha have been burnt (worst event recorded since 1997). Millions of people were directly exposed to haze which causes health concerns in Indonesia and neighbouring countries. The death toll from the effects of haze has risen to 19.
Arya Dipa, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Archipelago | Wed, November 20 2013, 7:58 AM
The continuous eruptions of Mount Sinabung, which began in early November in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have caused scientists to alter the hazard map for the volcano and its surrounding area, an official at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) says.
Hygienic latrines boost health and safety
November 2015—Globally, there are 2.4 billion people without access to safe, clean bathrooms. In Indonesia, this means that one in three people does not have access to a flush toilet, latrine or septic system. Many still defecate in the open.
Besides being linked to disease and malnutrition, this practice puts women and girls at risk for rape and abuse because they do not have access to a safe, private toilet. However, USAID is partnering with local organizations and the Government of Indonesia to change this.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, November 19 2015, 3:03 PM
Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.
No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents.
By Ahmad Husein, IFRC Indonesia
In recent weeks, long awaited monsoon rains have finally helped to extinguish a large portion of the devastating forest fires that have been raging in Indonesia for the past three months. The fires, caused by Palm oil and paper pulp companies and smallholder farmers illegally setting fire to forests to clear land to plant more trees, have had a devastating cost on the regions environment, economy and on human health.
thejakartapost.com | Jakarta | Tue, November 17 2015, 5:04 PM
Many parts of Jakarta remain inundated on Tuesday, following days of heavy rain that hit Jakarta and surrounding areas. In Bidaracina subdistrict in East Jakarta, the floodwater reached a depth of 1 meter.
Jakarta residents, particularly those who live in flood-prone areas, are preparing for possible worse flooding as rain continues to fall in the Greater Jakarta area, including Depok and Bogor in West Java, which are located upstream of the Ciliwung River.
Edna Tarigan, thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Jakarta | Mon, November 16 2015, 9:36 PM
Hundreds of people living along the Ciliwung River were evacuated on Sunday after flooding occurred as a result of heavy rain in Bogor.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data revealed that the highest alert, Siaga 1, was declared for Katulampa Dam, where the water level was 210 centimeters on Sunday evening.
Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency head (BPPD) Deni Wahyu said on Monday that 27 neighborhood units (RW) were affected by flooding on Sunday.
Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.
Marunda, a slum area with 23,000 residents in Jakarta, is cramped in between the heavy industrial port area, property developments and the sea. Marunda is characterized by floods, environmental pollution and unsafe zones for women and children. Nevertheless, the community and stakeholders recognize that it is also an area full of potential. In October 2015, Cordaid and partners set down together with the community and stakeholders to find possibilities for smart solutions or as they locally call them ‘golden solutions’.
• An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale (SR) rocked the Alor regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Wednesday (11/04/2015) 10:44 hours GMT.
• The epicenter was located at latitude 8.20 and 124.94 BT, 28 kilometers northeast of Alor district with a depth of 89 kilometers.
• 1,468 damaged houses (519 heavily damaged, 193 moderately damaged and 756 slightly damaged)
• 20 places of worship and 10 school buildings were damaged.
• Losses from the earthquake reached Rp 123 billion.
Slamet Susanto and Agus Maryono, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta/Banjarnegara, Central Java | Archipelago | Fri, November 13 2015, 3:03 PM
Local authorities in landslide-prone regions of the country are bracing themselves for the beginning of the rainy season by installing early warning systems (EWS) and conducting campaigns to improve residents’ awareness.
In Yogyakarta, the provincial administration has installed hundreds of EWS units in areas considered at risk of landslides as well as those prone to cold lava floods from Mount Merapi.
The Jakarta Post, Kupang | Archipelago | Sat, November 14 2015, 3:40 PM
KUPANG: The 6.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked Alor regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), on Wednesday damaged at least 1,800 buildings belonging to local residents and the government.
Alor Regent Amon Djobo said among the damaged buildings were houses, places of worship, schools, community health centers and offices.
“Some infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and irrigation facilities, was also destroyed in the earthquake,” Amon said on Friday.
Summary of WFP assistance
Torrential rains have caused flooding and landslides in South Solok District and Padang City, West Sumatra Province. The local authority stated that the flooding has affected around 1,500 people.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Widespread dry weather delays planting of 2016 main season crops
Downward revision of 2015 aggregate rice and maize production due to prolonged dry weather
Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (April/March) forecast to decrease from last year’s record level
Rice prices at record levels in October, reflecting reduced stock levels and lower 2015 off-season harvests