The 1st Meeting of Southeastern Asia-Oceania Flash Flood Guidance (SAOFFG) Steering Committee appointed the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia as the Regional Center for Flash Flood Guidance System Project (FFGSP).
The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has a history of disasters, including severe storms, floods, landslides and fires. The role of BPBD East Kalimantan, the Regional Disaster Management Agency, is to lead the planning, preparation, response and recovery from significant disaster events across the province.
By Fachrul Sidiq
Fifty asylum seekers, mostly from Afghanistan and Somalia, have been camping on the basketball court of the Jakarta Immigration Detention Center, Kalideres, West Jakarta, since Sunday, as the center is not able to accommodate them on account of capacity issues.
The head of the detention center, Buono Adi sucipto, said the shelter had 83 rooms that could only accommodate 120 people.
“Currently we have 292 immigrants here,” Buono said, adding that the figure excluded the 50 people who were camping on the court.
JAKARTA – While at the moment most of areas in Indonesia experiencing drought and forest and land fire, flash flood precisely occurred in Sidenreng Rappang Regency. Heavy rain in Enrekang Regency has caused flash flood in some villages in Pity Riase Sub-district, Sulawesi Selatan i.e. Belawae, Buntu Buangin, Dengeng-Dengeng, on Monday (7/8) at 04.00 local time.
The flash flood inundated initially in Dengeng-Dengeng, Pitu Riase Sub-district, Sidrap and widely spread to some other areas in Pitumpanua Sub-district, Wajo Regency, on Monday morning (7/8) at around 06.30 local time.
Nethy Darma Somba
Jayapura | Thu, August 3, 2017 | 07:10 pm
Heavy downpour since early in the morning caused flash floods in many areas of Jayapura on Thursday.
Residents of the Papua's provincial capital were shocked when they woke up in the morning only to find their homes inundated.
“I was lucky I woke up early today, otherwise my belongings would have been completely soaked,” said Agustine, a resident of Kotaraja in Abepura.
By Husni, IFRC
This year, the International Mangrove Day marks an important achievement by the Indonesian Red Cross Society (Palang Merah Indonesia – PMI). Thanks to the efforts of Red Cross staff and volunteers working closely with local communities, more than one million seedlings have been planted across three counties in Indonesia including Aceh, central Java and West Nusa Tenggara, where there is a high risk of disasters such as tsunamis, floods and landslides.
The two-year campaign will aim to reach 95% immunisation coverage in Indonesia
Yogyakarta, 1 August 2017 – The Government of Indonesia launched a national measles-rubella immunisation campaign today targeting all Indonesian children between the ages of nine months and 15 years. The campaign will aim to reach 95% immunisation coverage and thus eliminate measles and rubella in Indonesia by 2020.
As part of an ongoing effort to find suitable foster parents for unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) in Jakarta, CWS recently hosted a one-day Good Parenting workshop for potential foster parents. Also joining the workshop were couples who are already foster parents as well as some of the children they have welcome into their homes.
Elisabeth is a farmer from Bo’ne Buntusisong village in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi province. The village, like countless others in Indonesia, is prone to disasters, particularly landslides.
Following a particularly damaging 2016 landslide that destroyed farm land and road access, effectively cutting the village off for a number of weeks, CWS worked to further mobilize Bo’ne Buntusisong’s residents through a Safe Schools, Safe Communities initiative that had begun the year before – with Elisabeth as a keen participant from the start.
Since 2016, Tzu Chi Indonesia has been collaborating with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Church World Service (CWS) to assist international refugees.
While Muslims worldwide celebrated Eid al-Fitr, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Indonesia brought love and care to refugees in five different regions of Jakarta. A total of 86 refugees received blessings and gifts from Tzu Chi, which included Jing Si instant noodles, beverages and rice.
Battered by heavy rain for several days, two districts in province of Bangka Belitung were submerged by flood. In East Belitung District, flood inundated six sub-districts which included Simpang Renggiang, Kepala Kampit, Dendang, Damar, Gantung, Manggar. Meanhile in Belitung District, flood submerged Tanjung Pandan, Membalong, Sijuk dan Badau sub-districts.
Widespread flooding occurred in Central Kalimantan. Five districts (i.e. Gunungmas, Katingan, Barito Utara, Murung Raya and Kapuas) were reportedly affected. Though the water has receded in some areas, the impact was significant that emergency response period was declared by the authority of Katingan and Kapuas from 16 to 29 July and Gunungmas from 18 to 31 July.
The total of affected people has not yet confirmed as the damage assessment is still being conducted. Relief effors has been continously conducted to help the flood affected people.
New Indonesia report highlights critical role of ending child poverty and violence to achieving sustainable development
NEW YORK/JAKARTA, 18 July 2017 –The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF today launched a new report showcasing the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the country has made for children, acknowledging challenges and highlighting the crucial role of preventing violence against children in reducing poverty.
Strong wind accompanied with heavy rain hit Deli Serdang and Langkat Districts, North Sumatra Province. In Deli Serdang, the strong wind has damaged 94 houses and affected 409 people in Patumbak and Biru-Biru subdistricts. Five people were also reportedly injured. The local disaster management authority has provided medical service and assistance to the victims.
Meanwhile in Langkat, 13 houses were damaged and unroofed because of the wind.
Sileri, a volcano in central Java Island (Indonesia), erupted on 2 July around 5.00 UTC. According to Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency the eruption was accompanied by lava and plumes. According to local media, as of 3 July at 7.00 UTC, at least 10 people were injured by the eruption and hundreds have been displaced. They also reported that an aid helicopter crashed near Dieng Plateau (Wonosobo Regency, Central Java) while heading to help evacuate residents, killing eight people on board.
Battered by heavy rain, flood submerged Pekanbaru City, Riau Province. The local disaster management authority estimated that hundreds of homes were flooded. The flood also inundated the inner city roads which caused heavy congestion. As of now, the local authority is still assessing the impact of the flood.
Affected Area / Region: Riau
Affected Houses: 100
In May, floods reported in northern parts of the country, including in East Luwu District of South Sulawesi Selatan on 12 May casued seven deaths and 11 injuries. In East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Sumatra and West Sumatra, floods caused one death and at least 32,000 people temporarily displaced.
BMKG reported that majority of the country experience normal dry seasons, with delayed start in its many parts including in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
By Dinda Veskarahmi, Fundraising Communication Officer
Central Java: Aris had just gotten home from school when the fever hit. His mother, a local health volunteer, did what she could, giving him medicine and applying a cold compress to his forehead, but to no avail; the 38°C fever would not relent.
The next morning, Aris was taken to a nearby health centre in Klaten, Central Java, where his blood was drawn and sent to a nearby city for tests. The results came back several days later: Aris had tested positive for Rubella.
Flood submerged Siak District, Riau Province. The local authority estimated that the flood submerged 800 houses in Kampung Tualang, Perawang, Pinang Sebatang and Perawang Barat villages.
The Disaster Management Authority of Siak (BPBD) has responded the situation by setting up seven post commands to help the flood victims. Food and relief supplies were also distributed to the victims.
Affected Area / Region: Riau
Affected Houses: 800
Due to the high rainfall intensity, flood submerged many villages in Buru District and Ambon City, Province of Maluku. As stated by the Disaster Management Authority (BPBD) of Buru, the flood has submerged 650 houses and 450 ha of paddy fields in four sub-districts. 1 person was reportedly missing because of the incident. Responding to the crisis, BPBD evacuated the people and distributed relief items. The local authority also established medical post to assist the victims.