In Sumatra Indonesia, an innovative centre of learning is building the capacity of churches, community groups and local organisations to deliver effective community-based programs. It is called the Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Community Development Studies (CDRM&CDS), and it’s supported by Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS).
Living in a remote area prone to landslides and far any town or city, people in North Belau village in South Sulawesi face many challenges. Frederik Kumbun has been North Belau’s leader for more than 10 years, and during this time the 47-year old has seen his village become more vulnerable than ever to disasters and the impacts of climate change. For example, he says, _“I receive many complaints about landslides into the river that the cause flooding of farmland, destroying crops.
JAYAPURA, Indonesia – “My daughter used to hide all sorts of things from me,” said Martina, 41, at a support group session in Jayapura, in the far-eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. “But here, we learn to talk to each other openly, equally as friends, and she shares far more now – about problems at school, about boys and growing up.”
Martina and her daughter are not alone. Many families need guidance to become more open about these difficult subjects.
Three undocumented Indonesian immigrants have taken sanctuary in a New Jersey church to avoid deportation from the United States. The men say they’re afraid to go back to Indonesia because being members of the country’s Christian minority makes them vulnerable to persecution.
Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country in recent weeks causing floods and triggering landslides. National authorities reported, as of 28 February, that at least two landslides occurred in Brebes regency (Central Java province, Indonesia) causing the deaths of 15 people, and injuring 13 others. It was also reported that over 10 000 houses were flooded and around 50 000 people were affected.
Over the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain may continue to affect several areas of the country, including the already affected ones.
1) A total of 37 aftershocks of above magnitude 5.0 were recorded after the initial magnitude 7.5 was recorded on 26 Feb 2018, 0044hrs UTC+7 (AHA Centre DMRS).
2) The earthquakes occur largely along the fault lines and are recorded in the highlands and remote areas of PNG, resulting in landslides and impeding communications. Quake assessment is affected and death toll is at least 15 with dozens injured. 4 oil and gas fields have halt work as a result of the earthquake.
The Indonesian archipelago is constantly at risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and tsunamis. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, there is at least one significant volcanic eruption and one major earthquake in the country every year. A large tsunami can occur once in every five years.
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A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on 26 February (25 February UTC), with its epicentre in Nipa-Kutubu district, Southern Highlands province.
The affected area is sparsely populated, with a dispersed population living in remote, rural communities. There are no major urban areas in the immediate vicinity although there is a gas pipeline in the area. There were some minor landslides following the earthquake, but as of 26 February no damage to infrastructure or homes has been reported. The National Disaster Centre is assessing the situation.
February 23, 2018 5:54 AM
Rescuers continued searching Friday for victims buried beneath mud left by a landslide on the Indonesian island of Java. At least five people were killed.
Soldiers and local police have joined with residents to search for survivors, using farming tools and their bare hands to dig through the debris, with the muddy conditions making it impossible for rescuers to use heavy equipment.
Following days of torrential rains, the soil gave way Thursday in the Brebes district in Central Java, as farmers were working in their rice paddies.
Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of Indonesia over the fast few days, causing floods and triggering landslides.
National authorities reported, as of 23 February, that a landslide occurred in Pasir Panjag village (Central Java), causing the death of five people and injuring 14 people. In addition, 18 people are still missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing in the area of the landslide as well as in the river Cigunung.
February 22, 2018 8:25 AM
Five people are dead and 15 missing after a landslide struck low-lying village on the Indonesian island of Java.
A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says the landslide occurred Thursday in the island's Brebes district in Central Java, as farmers were working in their rice paddies. The landslide appears to have been triggered by several days of heavy rains that loosened the soil on the mountains surrounding the village.
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Jakarta – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has facilitated the release of over 500 refugees from immigration detention centres in North Sumatra, Riau, and Riau Island provinces to community housing.
The release of the Afghan, Somali and Sudanese migrants took place between 29 November and 6 February, and was organized in close cooperation with Indonesia’s Immigration Department, local government officials and police.
February 07, 2018 8:48 AM
JAKARTA — Twin crises of measles and malnutrition have recently afflicted Indonesia’s easternmost province, Papua, inciting foreign and media scrutiny as well as internal review from the Indonesian government. Papua is an impoverished but mineral-rich province with a history of separatist struggle, which has been quashed for decades by the Indonesian military. This week, the nation’s health ministry declared both crises to be under control, but 72 people have already died in Asmat regency.
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Jakarta | Mon, February 5, 2018 | 10:14 pm
Severe flooding hit a number of Ciliwung riverbank areas in East Jakarta and have affected some 5,000 people in the municipality.
East Jakarta Mayor Bambang Musyawardana said on Monday the water levels in the affected areas, such as Bidara Cina, Cawang and Kampung Melayu, had reached depths of up to 160 centimeters.
- Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country, especially central and eastern Jakarta and West Java province, causing floods and landslide.
- According to official reports, as of 6 February, several landslides occurred in the district of Cijeruk (Bogor, West Java) killing three people. Local media also reported that at least 5 000 people have been affected by floods in East Jakarta.
- Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain with lightning and strong winds may occur over several areas of the capital Jakarta.
ADRA Indonesia and HelpAge International conducted an assessment from 17 – 20 December in Bali, Indonesia, to identify the current impact of the Mt. Agung eruption on surrounding communities, and project what the impact would likely be if an eruption similar to 1963 occurred.