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03 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

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.

03 Jul 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

We have launched a campaign to support the Rohingya community from Burma. Donate today to help us provide food and other essential items to those in need.

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.

01 Jul 2015 description

BOGOR, Indonesia, 1 July, 2015 - The President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, plans to launch a National Disaster Risk Reduction Movement in October this year that will include a focus on urban areas of the vast country which is exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards.

The news was announced at the close of three days of high-level training for 30 officials in urban resilience provided by the National Authority for Disaster Management (BNPB) as part of its commitment to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

01 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Ten years on, a midwife looks back on saving lives during one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history

ACEH JAYA, Indonesia – The morning of 26 December, 2004, started out like any other Sunday for Nur Asiah. The mother of two was up early washing clothes outside her parents-in-law’s house in a coastal village in the district of Aceh Jaya. But her weekend routine was abruptly interrupted when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra.

28 Jun 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, June 25 2015, 8:37 AM

With experts unsure when to expect an end to the volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, the government has revealed a plan to build temporary houses for over 10,000 local people affected by the volcano’s eruptions.

26 Jun 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

26-June-2015

“How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach.

Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.

“Five months,” repeats 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 young woman’s hand actions.

The woman nods.

25 Jun 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Tue, June 23 2015, 7:14 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has handed over Rp 6 billion (US$450,000) worth humanitarian aid for victims of Mount Sinabung’s eruptions.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chairman Syamsul Ma’arif handed over President Jokowi’s assistance directly to Karo regent Terkelin Brahmana in Kabanjahe, Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

Syamsul said the President’s assistance would be used to meet the basic needs of Sinabung refugees in Karo.

24 Jun 2015 description

Adaptation and roll-out of IFRC’s Epidemic Control for Volunteer (ECV) Toolkit and Training Manual / Palang Merah Indonesia / 2015

Background Indonesia is one of the world’s most natural disasterprone countries. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, landslides and volcanic activity pose a constant threat to the safety and wellbeing of millions of people living across the 13,700 islands of the archipelago.

23 Jun 2015 description

86 disasters occurred with flood being the most common followed by landslide. Although Indonesia started transitioning from rainy to dry season in April, some part of the region still experineced a heavy raining which caused flooding. Hydrometeorological disasters are still the most frequent natural disasters in Indonesia during May 2015.

22 Jun 2015 description
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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, June 18 2015, 7:15 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked relevant ministers to act swiftly to provide shelter or housing and jobs for people displaced by the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra.

The President said that of the 370 houses planned for displace people, only 130 had been built and the construction of other houses had to be expedited so that those living in the danger zone could move into the housing as soon as possible.

22 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Sat, June 20 2015, 10:26 AM

Entering the Ramadhan fasting month, Muslim residents fleeing their homes in anticipation of the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, said they were struggling to perform the fast due to limited food supply and facilities provided for them at evacuation centers.

21 Jun 2015 description

Berastagi, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 6/21/2015 - 02:12 GMT

by Ardi Ibrahim

When Indonesian farmer Elfi Dalimunthe fled to safety last week as a volcano hurled hot ash and rocks across the sky, it marked the third time she was forced to abandon her home in recent years.

"I heard a loud booming sound and saw thick ash spewing out," the 30-year-old told AFP, recalling the terrifying eruptions which prompted her family to jump into a bus and onto a motorbike and rush to a temporary shelter.

19 Jun 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

The current Country Programme (CP) reflects Indonesia’s dynamic transformation from low income to middle income status and the challenges of ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable people escape the cycle of hunger and under nutrition as the country progresses economically. It also reflects the shift in WFP’s role from direct operational engagement to capacity building and supporting the government and communities to address hunger and nutrition challenges.

18 Jun 2015 description

Kuala Cangkoi, Indonesia | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 05:41 GMT

by Nurdin Hasan

Muhammad Yunus came ashore in Indonesia by accident after a harrowing boat journey -- but he and hundreds of other Rohingya migrants are delighted to be spending Islam's holiest month in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

The boat people in Aceh province are among thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants who arrived in countries across Southeast Asia in May after a Thai crackdown threw the people-smuggling trade into chaos and sparked a regional crisis.

17 Jun 2015 description

The journey of a migrant is often long and dangerous. Many lose their belongings along the way. But phone numbers of family are always protected – with details carefully written on a piece of paper and wrapped in plastic – so when safely at their destination, migrants can contact their family.

The ICRC, together with the Indonesian Red Cross, provide phone call services for the migrants from Myanmar so that they can reconnect with their family and loved ones.

Seeking safety

17 Jun 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Thousands of villagers living on the slopes of Mt. Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, decided not to leave their homes and assets despite new warnings about the mountain’s increasing activities.

Head of Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karo Subur Tambun said that out of 33,000 people residing in the danger zone, only 10,000 have taken refuge in available tents and government buildings.

17 Jun 2015 description
  • Mount Sinabung on Sumatra erupted several times over the last few days with ashes and hot air spewed up to 3 500 m in the air. On 15 June, there were at least 28 pyroclastic flows - surges of hot ash and gas that rush down the side of the mountain at high speed.

  • Magma is piling up and creating a lava dome on Mount Sinabung. After the eruptions the volume of its lava dome still remains large and there is a high potential for more and bigger eruptions.

  • The danger alert for Mount Sinabung was raised to its highest level on 2 June.

16 Jun 2015 description

Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Tuesday 6/16/2015 - 10:40 GMT

More than 10,000 villagers have fled a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia this month, most in recent days after a series of violent eruptions, an official said Tuesday.

Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung, on Sumatra island, to the highest level at the start of June after detecting a sharp increase in activity.

The volcano, which came back to life two years ago after a period of inactivity, erupted violently at the weekend, spewing hot ash and rocks high into the air.