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Indonesia Situation Updates - 24 January 2014

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HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

Jakarta Floods:

  • As the weather modification is still going on, the floods have been receded in some areas.
    However, IDPs preferred to stay in the shelters for fearing of more flooding in the coming days.
    Latest data from BPBD Jakarta recorded today, 24 January 2014, that the floods still affect approximately 128,182 persons or 37,077 HH in 96 urban villages. At least 65,013 persons are displaced in 247 displacement centers. The floods directly affected some 1,312 smallest hamlets (RT – Rukun Tetangga) out of 30,300 or 4.33% of the total RT in Jakarta.

  • As the local government and all related stakeholders is providing support for emergency response to minimize the impact of the floods by dredging rivers, repairing dams, damaged water pumps and roads.

  • The extreme weather early warning from BMKG for 23 to 25 January 2014 indicated heavy raining potentials in southern and eastern part of Jakarta. In addition, rains with the ranging of light to medium will also occur in cities in surrounding Jakarta (Bogor, Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi).

Manado Floods:

  • No additional displacement. BPBD North Sulawesi Province reported that the number of IDPs is still at the total of 15,000 persons.

Mt. Sinabung Volcanic Activity:

  • As of 23 January, number of IDPs has increased to 28,715 persons or 9,045 HH with 1,620 elderly, 204 pregnant women and 884 babies. The displaced families from 33 villages of four sub districts within Karo District are sheltering in 42 displacement centres.

  • President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in Karo District, North Sumatera, from 23 to 24 January 2014, accompanied by all related ministers from BNPB, Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, Home Affairs and representatives of other ministries such as Ministry of Social Affairs,
    Public Works, Agriculture, Forestry Energy and Mineral Resources.

Five priorities set up by the President for Mt. Sinabung emergency responses are:

1) Maintain alert of volcanic eruption and improve assistance to the displaced families.

2) For short-term (2-month period), and with assumption that the eruption will stop in two months:

a. BNPB, with the support of Karo District and North Sumatra Province Governments and line ministries, to coordinate assistances, such as: logistics, health, etc, to the IDPs.

b. Government will provide scholarships for students for elementary school, Junior High School, Senior High School, university.

c. Implement cash-for-work to each household.

d. Provide assistance to plantation and agriculture field.

e. Work closely with Otoritas Jasa Keuangan to reschedule old debts so they can receive new debts.

3) For medium term (1-2 years), relocate residents living within 3 km-radius. It is needed to clear and make use of land with 25ha, about 5-7 km from permanent houses.

4) In order to ensure all efforts, policies, and programs run well, the control of emergency response towards Mt. Sinabung eruption is under the leadership of Head of BNPB, DR. Syamsul Maarif, M.Si, with the support from Bukit Barisan Military, line minsistries, Bupati, and Governor.

  • BPBD Karo District was established on 23 January 2014, however, BNPB – led by Dr. Syamsul Maarif, M.Si - has been assigned at the field to take the lead in coordinating the emergency response to support the newly formed BPBD.

  • The Provincial Office for Agriculture and Plantation, Karo District, reported that 10,408 hectares of harvest failure in Sinabung area has caused a total loss of Rp.712 billion.

Floods and Landslides in other area:

  • Floods caused light damages in at least 49,930 houses and severe damages in 254 houses in West Java. In Subang District, floods inundates 34,388 houses in nine sub districts. 254 damaged houses. In Indramayu District, flodos inundated 15,542 houses in 16 sub districts.

  • Floods caused light damages in 1,890 houses in Mijen and Karanganyar Sub District, Demak District, Central Java.

  • Landslides in Kudus District, Central Java, caused severe damages in two houses.

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