LATEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA


High tides to continue until early January 2008
December 31, 2007, 7:10 am
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YOGYAKARTA (Antara): The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said Wednesday three-meter waves off the south coast of Java would continue until early January.

Agus Triyanto, a BMG official from Yogyakarta, said fishermen based on the south coast of Java should closely monitor weather conditions before deciding to go to sea.

“The current high tides are dangerous, especially when coupled with heavy rain and strong winds,” he said. (***)



Floods inundated 70,000 hectares of rice fields: minister
December 31, 2007, 6:22 am
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The floods that occurred in a number of regions in Indonesia during the past three months inundated almost 70,000 hectares of rice fields and caused harvest failures on 6,676 hectares, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said.

“The floods that have been happening since last October have inundated 68,277 hectares of rice fields, of which some 6,676 hectares failed to be harvested,” the minister said after a coordination meeting on basic necessaries here on Friday.

He said the total area of flood-affected rice fields this year was wider than last year when only 66,400 hectares were flooded. “But the acreage which failed to be harvested this year was smaller,” he added.

The minister said, on a national scale, the floods had not affected rice production.

The coordination meeting was also attended by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Beodiono, Trade Minister Mari Pangestu, State Enterprises Minister Sofyan Jalil, Transportation Minister Jusman Syafi`i Jamal, State Logistics Agency (Bulog) chief Mustafa Abu Bakar, Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan and representatives of a number of state companies.

During the last five years, an average of 69,500 heactares of rice fields per year were affected by floods while harvest failure occurred on an average of 17,000 hectares per year.

The minister also said the total area of rice fields in Indonesia had increased from 1.14 million hectares to 2.0 million hectares.

He predicted there would be a rice deficit in January 2008 because production was estimated at 1.28 million tons while demand for rice in the same month was expected to reach 1.5-2.6 million tons.

But in the February-April 2008 period, there would be a rice surplus because production would reach 4.06 million tons in February, 5.87 million tons in March and 4.6 million tons in April.

The minister said he believed the national rice production target of 58.1 million tons of dried unhulled rice would be achieved. After all, production had reached 57.05 million tons of dried unhusked rice. (*)



President calls on people to heed weather conditions
December 31, 2007, 5:24 am
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people on Friday to take heed of weather conditions when they were traveling, either on land, at sea or in the air because rainfall was expected to remain high up to next February.

“I hope our brothers will pay attention to weather conditions when they want to make trip using land, sea or air transportations,” the president said in a press statement after installing a new Indonesian Defense Forces commander here on Friday.

He also called on transportation operators to pay serious attention to the safety factor and give priority to the safety of passengers.

The Geophysics and Meteorologyl Agency (BMG) has issued a warning that rainfall will remain high until February so that the threat of floods and landslides was still high, Yudhoyono said.

“I also call on all officials of the National Coordinating Agency for disasters mitigation and regional government officials to take proactive steps in the face of the flood and landslide threats,” he added.

On the occasion, the president once again extended his condolences to the families of flood and landslide victims who had lost their lives.

Tens of people lost their lives in rain-triggered landslides in East and Central Java on Wednesday.



Medical Aid arrives for Java Landslide
December 31, 2007, 5:15 am
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Medical Aid arrives for Java Landslide while over 45,000 houses are flooded
in several regions.

On Dec 29, 2007, an amount of 268 pounds (122 kg) medical supplies was
been delivered to the Tawangmangu subdistrict in Central Java for the
victims of the December 25, 2007 landslide.

The four members of HOPE worldwide disaster relief team decided to re-route their end of year plan to drive one and a half day to bring hope for the destitute. Roads to
Tawangmangu was also cut off by the landslides, which cleared after the
third day.

There has been different reports regarding the number of casualties; ranging from 81 to 120 deaths. Number of houses affected by the landslide & floodings are estimated to be 45,000 houses in areas such as Solo, Ngawi , Bojonegoro, and Lamongan. HOPE worldwide disaster relief team is also distributing hygiene kits & ready-to-eat meals to 600 IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in Solo on the last day of 2007.

At least the people can end their year with clean shower and a meal on their
stomach. Clean up tools will be required by the victims once the water has
decreased.



Earthquake shakes Tual, Maluku
December 31, 2007, 5:09 am
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Ambon (ANTARA News) – An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale shook Tual and Southeast Maluku District, Maluku Province, on Monday at 2.11 am Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT), but claimed no lives.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located at 5.57 degrees southern latitude, 133.68 degrees eastern longitude, 104 km northeast of Tual, at a depth of 45 km below the sea level, according to information from the Ambon geophysics office here on Monday.

The intensity of the earthquake was relatively mild so it`s hardly felt by local residents who were asleep when the earthquake occurred, Rudolf Marthen Waremra, a Tual inhabitant, said.

Tual was at the same time hit by strong wind which uprooted a number of trees. (*)



Bojonegoro floods begin to subside
December 31, 2007, 5:02 am
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Bojonegoro, East Java (ANTARA News) – Flooding which inundated western parts of Bojonegoro District, East Java Province, since Saturday, started to subside by around 10 to 20 centimeters on Monday.

Akhmad Fanani, a local resident, was hopeful that the inundation would significantly lessen in a few hours to come.

However, The town`s eastern parts including Kapas, Mbalen, Sumberejo, Kanor, and Mbaureno subdistricts continued to be flooded.

Residents of Kanor subdistrict, have been trapped in their houses for the last three days without receiving any relief aid such as food and drinking water, Kanor Police Head Adjunct Commissioner Sareng said here on Monday.

Floodwaters reaching a height of between one and two meters have inundated houses, government offices and police offices, he said.

A total of 117 villages in 14 subdistricts in Bojonegoro District have been flooded following the overflowing of Bengawan Solo River.

The railway line between Bojonegoro and Cepu, Central Java, was cut off as it was submerged by floodwaters reaching a height of 50 centimeters.

East Java Governor Imam Utomo visited Bojonegoro to meet flood victims on Monday.

Bojonegoro city lies about 13 m above sea level while the water level in Bengawan Solo stood at 16.08 m last Saturday.

The US National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)`s National Weather Service (NWS) recently reported that Indonesia would continue to experience above-average precipitation under the impact of La Nina in the period December 2007 – February 2008.

Other Indonesian provinces affected by floods recently include Gorontalo, Jambi, Central Java, West Java and West Sumatra. Around 89 people lost their lives in rain-triggered landslides in East and Central Java lately. (*)



Bojonegoro floods begin to subside
December 31, 2007, 5:02 am
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Bojonegoro, East Java (ANTARA News) – Flooding which inundated western parts of Bojonegoro District, East Java Province, since Saturday, started to subside by around 10 to 20 centimeters on Monday.

Akhmad Fanani, a local resident, was hopeful that the inundation would significantly lessen in a few hours to come.

However, The town`s eastern parts including Kapas, Mbalen, Sumberejo, Kanor, and Mbaureno subdistricts continued to be flooded.

Residents of Kanor subdistrict, have been trapped in their houses for the last three days without receiving any relief aid such as food and drinking water, Kanor Police Head Adjunct Commissioner Sareng said here on Monday.

Floodwaters reaching a height of between one and two meters have inundated houses, government offices and police offices, he said.

A total of 117 villages in 14 subdistricts in Bojonegoro District have been flooded following the overflowing of Bengawan Solo River.

The railway line between Bojonegoro and Cepu, Central Java, was cut off as it was submerged by floodwaters reaching a height of 50 centimeters.

East Java Governor Imam Utomo visited Bojonegoro to meet flood victims on Monday.

Bojonegoro city lies about 13 m above sea level while the water level in Bengawan Solo stood at 16.08 m last Saturday.

The US National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)`s National Weather Service (NWS) recently reported that Indonesia would continue to experience above-average precipitation under the impact of La Nina in the period December 2007 – February 2008.

Other Indonesian provinces affected by floods recently include Gorontalo, Jambi, Central Java, West Java and West Sumatra. Around 89 people lost their lives in rain-triggered landslides in East and Central Java lately. (*)