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24 Nov 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

The city administration will develop an early warning system for areas around the Pesanggrahan River in South Jakarta, to mitigate possible flooding in this rainy season.

Since the Situ Gintung dam burst earlier this year, the areas have become more prone to flooding, because the dam that once retained flood water from the river is no longer in place.

Deputy Governor Prijanto said the system would station several workers in the former dam area who could make quick calls to heads of nearby residential areas whenever water levels exceeded acceptable limits.

"We will build a …

19 Nov 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

By Multa Fidrus

Hundreds of victims of Situ Gintung dam burst disaster have been asked to leave Wisma Kerta Mukti temporary shelters in Ciputat, Tangerang within two weeks.

Ahadi, the South Tangerang administration assistant, said on Thursday the displaced people had exceeded their stay permit at the buildings.

"We hope the refugees are aware of the time limit and willing to leave the shelters voluntarily," he said, adding that the administration would refrain from any use of force. The South Tangerang government will distribute notification letters to the displaced …

12 Nov 2009 description

Hong Kong - Dhaka, Manila and Jakarta are topping a WWF ranking of the climate vulnerability of 11 major cities in Asia.

As Heads of States gather in Singapore for the APEC summit, WWF says that developed and developing countries must cooperate to prepare these cities for a brutal climate future, highlighting that their vulnerability is yet another compelling reason for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December.

According to Mega-Stress For Mega-Cities, many of the …

12 Nov 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Adianto P. Simamora ,The Jakarta Post , Jakarta

Most small lakes, situ, are in a critical condition due to high sedimentation rates, putting thousands of people at risk of a "flash floods", like the one that occurred at Situ Gintung last March.

A study by State Environment Ministry found that 15 small lakes in Jakarta, West Java and Banten will overflow if no action is taken to repair infrastructure.

03 Nov 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

23 Oct 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Regional forecasts of the impact of global climate change from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Indonesia will allow regional leaders to start .

Planning mitigation and adaptation programs for their respective areas.

Erwin Eka Syahputra Makmur from the agency said Wednesday regions could now take advantage of climate change projections within a 20-kilometer horizontal resolution, providing a portrait of changes in rainfall patterns, temperature, local winds and humidity.

"With this data, regional leaders can design policies to match the specific …

22 Oct 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang administration has promised to distribute donated relief funds to hundreds of families victims of the Situ Gintung dam burst, which swept away hundreds of houses, killing at least 100 people, within this month.

"The fund will be distributed by the end of October," Ahadi, South Tangerang deputy mayor and deputy chairman of Situ Gintung Disaster Handling, said Thursday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

Almost seven months since the disaster on March 27, there had been still no certainty about the distribution of the funds to reportedly 614 families forced to …

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The International Federation's Indonesia country office is currently preparing a five-year strategy to support the new Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) five-year strategy. This appeal represents two years of an initial four-year plan.

03 Jul 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Jakarta's next spatial master plan should identify each of its five municipalities for specific functions and even out population density.

Pelita Harapan University architectural expert Manlian Ronald said Thursday the current layout had deviated much from initial plans, thus necessitating a rearrangement.

"East Jakarta used to be identified as a residential area, but now it's an industrial area.

30 Jun 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The purpose of the International Federation's country programme is to support the institutional capacity building of the Indonesian Red Cross, or Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), as it is better known.

16 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA, 16 June 2009 (IRIN) - Natural disasters may be unavoidable, but human vulnerability to those disasters is not. "What kills, and what destroys, is the vulnerability of the population," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The second biennial session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which opened in Geneva on 16 June, has adopted the slogan, Invest today for a safer tomorrow.

15 Jun 2009 description
report Caritas

Introduction

Currently, the most important international declaration concerning the effectiveness of development aid is the Paris Declaration (2005). The declaration presents several principles of aid effectiveness, a framework for mutual responsibility, and names several indicators used when evaluating improvement. Below, we will try to examine two projects through the prism of crucial elements of Aid Effectiveness (AE) which were put together by the Paris Declaration.

11 Jun 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

TANGERANG: The South Tangerang administration will build low-cost apartment units for victims of the burst Situ Gitung dam in Serua subdistrict, Ciputat, an official said Wednesday.

"The construction will begin at the end of the month and we hope that it will be completed by December," Eddy Adolf Nicholas, head of the newly established Jakarta Public Works Agency told journalists.

As many as 295 families, left homeless by the Situ Gintung burst dam flood that killed 100 people in late March, now live in temporary shelters in Ciputat. - JP

08 Jun 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Residents in the Penjaringan subdistrict, North Jakarta, might have to tolerate one or two more years of flooding as a result of the slow-paced building of the embankment to protect them from annual high tides.

"The residents have protested countless times to the government about the flooding problem, but progress is slow," Dul, a Red Cross volunteer in the area, said.

The area's proximity to the sea makes residents vulnerable to high tides.

05 May 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Prodita Sabarini

An environmental activist warns the recently unveiled plan to free Jakarta from floods by 2025 lacks a crucial point to tackle tidal floods, possibly jeopardizing the flood mitigation attempt.

Selamet Daroyni, head of the Jakarta Green Institute's urban environmental education division and former director of environmental organization Friends of the Earth's (Walhi) Jakarta branch, said Sunday the plan only emphasized mitigating floods caused by heavy rainfall and water flows from surrounding areas.

"Restoring coastal areas that were once mangrove …

27 Apr 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

TANGERANG - Exactly a month after the tragedy, Situ Gintung survivors have been enjoying public attention but uncertainty still looms in their future.

Relief aid and programs are in progress but for most, there are no clear signs of permanent housing or sustainable funds on the horizon.

Since the collapse of the dam that killed 100 residents on March 27, various companies and public figures have been making philanthropic gestures, such as organizing outings and entertainment events, to comfort the victims.

"My children have certainly been having fun," Ratini, a mother of …

24 Apr 2009 description

SG/SM/12206

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at the Tsunami Lessons Learned event in New York, 24 April:

Helen Clark, our new UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] Administrator. Welcome to the UN family. We are happy to have you on board. I count on your leadership and commitment.

Ambassador Natalegawa,

Your Excellency Mangkusubroto,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Of all policy challenges, crisis response might seem to offer the least space for reflection. Disaster strikes. Lives hang in the balance.

21 Apr 2009 description

AA 25/09

"Oxfam's new report The Right to Survive raises important issues about the vulnerability of the most poor to climate change," Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, said today.

"Climate change is likely to increase the frequency, severity and unpredictability of weather-related hazards, and will increase the vulnerability of people across the world to natural disasters, particularly those living in poverty who have the least …

16 Apr 2009 description
report The Jakarta Post

Many of Indonesia's regions remain unprepared for disasters and have no prevention or management strategy, despite the country's high vulnerability to floods, landslides and earthquakes, officials say.

"Disaster management requires urgent attention because Indonesia is the second most vulnerable country in the world in terms of disasters," director of general governance at the Home Ministry Kausar A.

09 Apr 2009 description

On Mar. 30th '09, AMDA Indonesia emergency relief team arrived at Situ Gintung, where the dam has burst on Mar. 27th '09. After meeting with local committee, AMDA team assessed the situations by visiting evacuation centers and medical camps. About 100 deaths and 14 missing people have been reported so far. The displaced population has reached 902. 319 houses and 11 buildings have been destroyed in Situ Gintung. Many local volunteers have participated in rescue operations. Most of the survivors have been rescued by their relatives.