83 % of Indonesia become prone to disasters
December 7, 2007, 12:18 pm
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Public Works Ministry Secretary General Roestam Sjarief said since natural disaster potentials are not placed in all sectors, some 83 percent of Indonesia became prone to disasters.

In his paper read out by expert staff of the Public Works Minister for Expertise Development and Functional Personnel DR. Sugiman Pranoto in a National Sedimentary Natural Disaster in Yogyakarta, Wednesday night, he said that such a condition is worsened as the threat has not been treated as a knowledge and skill which the Indonesian people should have. “Consequently, about 98 percent of the 220 million people of this country are not ready to face a natural disaster while Indonesia is a country prone to natural disasters,” he said.

He said that this situation is due to the fact that Indonesia is an archipelago between two continents and two oceans. This country also has a high rainfall ranging from 1000 to 4000 mm/year. Under these natural circumstances, the interaction between man and nature tended to exploit nature excessively causing natural environmental damage which often triggered natural disasters. “According to statistics, natural diasters in this country became increasingly frequent covering wider and wider areas,” he said.

He also said that sedimentary natural disasters include landslides, land movements, floods and volcanic eruptions, all of which are closely linked to sedimentary movements which have been increasing each year especially during the rainy season. In this context, the government needs to constantly handle the natural disasters by building the highest of skills and capabiblities in preventing and dealing with natural disasters and their impacts.

These efforts include planning and developing residential areas in disaster-prone areas, relocation of residential complexes to safer areas, building strong and effective organizations highly responsive to anticipating and overcoming natural disasters, as well as improving existing early warning systems, he said. The seminar was held in association with the public works ministry and the Gajah Mada University of Yogyakarta. (*)


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