Natural disasters impact increasing
Indonesia’s wet season, hydro-meteorological disasters, and their humanitarian impact, reached its peak in January affecting 1,212,747 persons, rising from 171,259 in December 2013. Heavy rains across Indonesia in late December and early January caused widespread flooding that particularly affected Jakarta and Manado. Ongoing volcanic activity on Mt Sinabung in North Sumatra continued to impact surrounding communities. In February, there were renewed eruptions at Mt Kelud in East Java. In March, Mt Merapi in Yogyakarta showed increased activities and returned to normalcy while Mt Slamet in Central Java continues to experience tremors with upto 800 meter high pyroclastic flow eruption.
During February- March 2014, the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported 285 disaster events – with landslides being the most common followed by whirlwinds and earthquake – resulting in a total of 37 deaths and missing, at least 301,622 persons affected and 23,419 houses damaged.
In January 2014, BNPB reported 238 disaster events – with floods being the most common followed by landslides and whirlwinds – resulting in a total of 174 deaths, at least 1,245,102 affected and 5,127 houses damaged. The overwhelming majority of humanitarian impact and infrastructure damage in this period resulted from flooding, especially in Jakarta and the surrounding urban areas.
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