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30 Apr 2007 description

Opinion

"ESTABLISHING GLOBAL OPERATIONAL STANDARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM COLLAPSED STRUCTURES"

Arjun Katoch

International disaster managers responding to earthquakes bemoan the multiplicity and wide range of professional capability, amongst responders professing to be USAR teams. In Bam, Iran during the 2003 earthquake approximately 1300 responders from 34 countries had arrived by day three. Normally the Government of the affected country has limited knowledge of the operational capabilities of teams that arrive.

05 Apr 2007 description
report Operation Blessing

By John Patrick

MANGGARAI, Indonesia - Herman Damas stood sobbing in the midst of his ruined village, facing a stark reality: his family had not survived.

On March 3, heavy rainfall caused severe landslides in villages throughout the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. In the Goreng Meni village in Manggarai, the inundation of stones and mud destroyed 11 homes and killed 19 people - including Damas's family.

In total, 43 people were killed in the disaster and some 5,000 people lost their homes.

"I can no longer see my children and my wife," said Damas, who …

22 Mar 2007 description
report The Jakarta Post

Yemris Fointuna, The Jakarta Post, Kupang

Heavy downpours Wednesday intensified floods in Belu regency, East Nusa Tenggara, with floodwater reaching two meters high in some villages.

Belu deputy regent Gregorius Mau Bili said Wednesday that at least 23 villages in three districts were flooded. The water subsided for several hours but then rose again.

"There are no casualties but thousands of residents had to flee to safety since water from the Benenain River continued increasing following heavy downpours," he said.

The administration, he said, had urged residents to …

21 Mar 2007 description

Ref: OCHA - 2007/0033

OCHA Situation Report No. 6
Indonesia - Flash Floods and Landslides

19 Mar 2007 description
report The Jakarta Post

More than 1,500 victims of the recent landslide in Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, are still living in shelters and have started to suffer from disease.

The displaced residents, most of whom are women and children, have complained of respiratory problems, diarrhea and skin diseases.

Septhani Wulandari, head of the Pagal Community Health Center in Cibal district, the worst-hit area, blamed the illnesses on the weather and poor sanitation.

She said the center was continuing to provide free medical treatment to displaced residents in the regency on Flores …

14 Mar 2007 description

Ref: OCHA - 2007/0031

OCHA Situation Report No. 5
Indonesia - Flash Floods and Landslides

12 Mar 2007 description

Due to heavy rains, overflowing of rivers and flooding in the Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang telephone lines, electricity networks, supply of clean water, as tapwater, have been cut off. In some areas, flood vicitims are in need of food, blankets, hygiene kits and clothes, while in others flood victims remaines trapped in their houses.

Sida has appoved Médicins Sans Frontièrs (MSF) to spend SEK 1 110 000 from their rapid response fund for medical care through mobile clinics.

12 Mar 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

06 Mar 2007 description

Ref: OCHA - 2007/0026

OCHA Field Situation Report 3
Indonesia - Flash Floods and Landslides
East Nusa Tenggara Province

05 Mar 2007 description

JAKARTA, March 5 (Reuters) - Heavy rains and poor access to remote areas hampered search and relief efforts for about 40 missing people and hundreds displaced by landslides in Indonesia's eastern Flores island, officials said on Monday.

About 1,000 people whose homes were washed away have been evacuated, many still remain cut off with key roads severely damaged by the landslides and floods that have killed 34 people across vast swathes of land.

The landslides followed days of torrential rain in hillside areas in Flores' Manggarai regency, around 1,500 km (932 miles) east of …

05 Mar 2007 description

Ref: OCHA - 2007/0024

OCHA Field Situation Report 2
Indonesia - Flash Floods and Landslides
East Nusa Tenggara Province

04 Mar 2007 description

Ref: OCHA - 2007/0023

OCHA Field Situation Report 1
Indonesia - Flash Floods and Landslides
East Nusa Tenggara Province

03 Mar 2007 description

JAKARTA, March 3 (Reuters) - Landslides caused by torrential rains in the eastern Indonesian island of Flores killed at least 17 people and left 46 missing, a government official said on Saturday.

The heavy rains also caused flooding and washed away dozens of homes in six hilly districts in East Nusa Tenggara province, Yos Nono, an official at the disaster management office in Manggarai regency, told Reuters.

"An evacuation team is digging to search for the victims, but we are facing problems because of bad weather and heavy rain," Nono said.

He said the road from …