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Mt. Merapi cold lava threatens locals

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The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta

Aerial shots from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) show that cold lava flows from Mount Merapi continue to threaten residents living on the slopes of the volcano, as some 70 million cubic meters of volcanic material from Mt. Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 remain at its summit.

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Volcano’s eruptions to continue indefinitely: Official

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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

An observation team says that Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, is likely to continue erupting for quite some time following an increase in seismic activity on Monday.

As of 12 p.m. Monday, Mt. Sinabung had 148 temblors comprising 83 short-period quakes, 34 low-frequency and 31 mixed tremors.

Observation team member Arif Cahyo said Mt. Sinabung’s tectonic quakes showed that a large volume of magma was present, indicating that the volcano would continue to erupt for a long time.

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How a low-tech mobile app is changing the way Indonesia responds to disasters

18 Oct 2014 by Lulu Muhammad and Gina Meutia

Did you know that nearly eight out of ten Indonesians have access to cell phones?

We are talking about over 230 million people across three time zones and out of those users; around 61 million are connected to the Internet via their phones. This impressively high number presents an opportunity to enhance disaster risk management in Indonesia, already a world leader in producing evidence based information systems, planning and monitoring tools.

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Toddler killed in South Aceh flood

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he Jakarta Post, Banda Aceh | Archipelago | Tue, October 21 2014, 7:37 AM

A 2-year-old girl was killed Sunday when she was swept away by floodwater that hit six villages in Labuhan Haji district in South Aceh regency, Aceh.

Heavy rain, which began on Saturday, engulfed residential areas and farmland in Apha, Pisang, Hulu Pisang, Ujung Batu, Manggis, Harapan and Padang Bakau villages. Flooding followed when the Labuhan Haji River burst its banks.

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New President Should Highlight Rights in Papua

Visit to Easternmost Provinces a Chance to Endorse Specific Reforms

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Indonesia + 2 others
ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 06 - 19 October 2014

Please visit ASEAN Disaster Information Network (http://adinet.ahacentre.org) for Details of Information:

INDONESIA

1009 houses were submerged in 5 sub-districts in South Aceh. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/726)

THAILAND

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Sinabung area residents lack food, clean water

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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan

Thousands of residents in 16 subdistricts around Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, are badly in need of clean water, after withstanding the effects of the volcano’s eruptions from their houses for almost two weeks.

Indonesian Volunteer Community chairman Susanto said that many of the affected residents were going hungry as they had begun running out of food on Wednesday. He added that the regency administration had yet to allow the residents to move although volcanic activities continued to increase.

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'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods

10/15/2014 - 04:37 GMT

by Sam Reeves

Jakarta has launched a multi-billion-dollar scheme to build a huge sea wall to combat flooding as the Indonesian capital sinks, but there is scepticism about its chances of success in a country with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects.

The 35 kilometre (22 mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city's northern coast, is the centrepiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.

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Indonesia Humanitarian Bulletin | July - September 2014 [EN/ID]

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HIGHLIGHTS

• Incidence of disasters decreases by 37 per cent

• 3,287 people (1,019 families) displaced by Mt. Sinabung’s eruption in February 2014 are still living in IDP shelters

• BNPB is conducting field studies to improve regulations

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Natural Disasters (July - September 2014)

Natural Disaster - 139

Total Affected population- 78,484

Casualties - 38

Incidence of disasters continue dropping

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Indonesia: Level III Volcanoes in Indonesia (as of 10 Oct 2014)

Mt Sinabung erupted today spewing ash up to 2000 m into the sky and pyroclastic lava flow to non-residential areas South of the crater. There are no reports of new displacement. Volcanic dust from the previous eruption on 08 October reached Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, disrupting flights on 09 October 2014.

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Overview: Volcanoes at Alert Level 3 (10 Oct 2014)

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Sinabung’s ash blankets Berastagi city

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Apriadi Gunawan

Volcanic ash showers from Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have for the last three days reportedly paralyzed Berastagi city, a popular tourist destination located 30 kilometers from the erupting volcano.

Fhandi, a fruit trader in Berastagi, said most traders in the main traditional market and fruit market had closed their kiosks over fears that volcanic ash would cover their merchandise.

“As the result, business here is paralyzed,” Fhandi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday,

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Indonesia: September 2014 - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 10 Oct 2014)

Mt Sinabung erupted on 10 October, spewing ash up to 2000 m into the sky and pyroclastic lava flow to non-residential areas South of the crater. There are no reports of new displacement. Volcanic dust from the previous eruption on 08 October reached Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, disrupting flights on 09 October 2014.

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West Papua Report October 2014

This is the 126th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).

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Indonesia: July Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 18 August 2014)

Floods were the most common natural disaster for July with BNPB reporting 19, affecting and displacing more than 26,196 people. Landslides were the second highest natural disaster event, taking 22 lives the highest number of all the disasters

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Updates on Disaster Situation in the Region in the Period of 29 Sept - 05 Oct 2014

The following information issued by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is a compilation and synthesis of reports and data received from National Disaster Management Office of ASEAN Member States, partner agencies of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), and News agencies in the period of 29 Sept - 05 Oct 2014. ​

INDONESIA

1 meter flood inundated 300 houses in Binjai North Sumatera. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/722)

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Lab Notes: Google sounds local disaster alarm with Alerts

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JAKARTA: Google says it’s launching its Google Public Alerts and Crisis Map for Indonesia to fight calamities that afflict people living in the so-called Ring of Fire.

Google’s head of partnerships for Google Crisis Response, Meryl Stone, said that the service would initially alert users to earthquakes and tsunamis.

“The Crisis Response started in the mid-2000s as a volunteer project after seeing a real need for real-time mapping,” Stone said.

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Rapid-fire eruptions from Mt. Sinabung

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Apriadi Gunawan

Just over a year ago, an eruption from Mount Sinabung killed 14 people and forced more than 33,000 others to evacuate their homes. The volcano began erupting again on Sunday, emitting pyroclastic flows that were the largest for five months.

Local people panicked, including those who are still living in evacuation shelters since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 15 last year, because of the size of the flows and clouds of volcanic ash, which extended to Berastagi city, 13 kilometers from Sinabung.

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Floods engulf hundreds of houses in Medan

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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Sat, October 04 2014, 4:22 PM

Substantial flooding is affecting several districts in Medan, North Sumatra, engulfing hundreds of houses and paralyzing traffic along a number of roads.

The floods were caused by the banks of the Babura and Deli rivers bursting, as heavy rain had fallen for hours on the city from Friday evening to early Saturday morning.

The worst flood hit Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimun district, where the water was almost shoulder height.

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West Papua Report September 2014

This is the 125th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).