Hundreed of People Displaced in Pasuruan, East java
January 31, 2008, 10:05 am
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Hundreds of residents of Purut Rejo and Wirogunan villages, Purworejo subdistrict, Pasuruan city, took a refuge at Purut Rejo cemetery as their houses were still inundated on Thursday.

“Floodwaters` level reaches up to more than one meter high in almost every where. The only way is to evacuate ourselves to this cemetery. We are not scared although we have been here since last night as we are plenty here,” a refugee said here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, thousands of urban people took refuge in roads in higher grounds.

Floods have inundated three subdistricts in Pasuruan since Wednesday (Jan. 30). Tens of houses in Pasuruan were damaged and some of them located along Kali Gembong river`s bank collapsed due to the flooding.

At least three  persons in Pasuruan were killed in the disaster. (*)

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Floods Hit Pasuruan, Three People Killed
January 31, 2008, 10:00 am
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Three people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in floods in Indonesia’s densely-populated East Java province following heavy rains, a health ministry official said Thursday.

“Three people were killed, four hospitalised and 10 others injured in the Pasuruan floods,” the official, Rustam Pakaya, told AFP.

More than 10,000 houses in 30 villages in Pasuruan district have been flooded as a result of heavy downpours since Wednesday, Pakaya was quoted as saying on news website Detikcom.

About 45 houses were completely destroyed, he said, with water levels reaching 2.5 metres (eight feet) at its high point.

At least two districts on Sulawesi island were also flooded but no casualties were reported, Pakaya told AFP.

Torrential rains across Central and East Java provinces at the start of the year triggered landslides and floods that killed more than 100 people and displaced tens of thousands.

Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia during the rainy season, which hits its peak from December to February. (*)


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Floods kill two, damage hundreds of houses in Pasuruan
January 31, 2008, 6:45 am
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Floods killed two persons and damaged hundreds of houses in Pasuruan District, East Java Province, on Wednesday and Thursday. “The dead victims are identified as Haizin (16 years old) from Wonosari who died of electricity shock, and another unidentified resident who was buried by a landslide. And it`s also reported that one person was killed in the city,” Sunarto a local official of the Pasuruan district administration said here on Thursday.

In Paserpan subdistrict, 15 houses were damaged, and in Kejayan 30 houses, he said.

The local authorities were sending relief aid to flood-hit villages.

Floods and Strom hit North Gorontalo and West Sumatera
January 30, 2008, 5:55 am
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 Floods hit wider area in North Gorontalo regency in Gorontalo yesterday after water overflowed Bogo-bogo river following heavy incessant rains. At least one house was drifted away and a bridge was damaged. The rains have also triggered landslides in some areas in the region. At least 654 families have fled to safer areas.  Storm hit fishermen village in Tammangalle of Polewali Mandar regency in West Sumaatra yesterday before down. At least 5 houses were destroyed and 15 others got damage. However, no fatalities were reported in the disaster.  

Flood Hit Bandung
January 30, 2008, 5:53 am
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On 29 Jan 08, two houses were damaged and dozens of houses flooded in Hegarmanah sub-district, Cidadap, Bandung, West Java after the Cipaganti River overflowed and broke its banks. Cidadap district head said that severe floods have hit the area three times over the past few years. No casualties  were reported.  

Forest fires leave 48 hot spots in Sumatra of Indonesia
January 24, 2008, 3:41 pm
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The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said recent forest fires in Sumatra Island had left at least 48 hot spots, 35 of which were located in Riau province.

Johanes Sudrajat, head of the BMG`s analysis section, said here on Wednesday the hot spots were detected by the “NOAA 18” satellite on Tuesday (Jan 22).

Of the 35 hot spots, three were to be found in Rokan Hilir district, three in Dumai city, 11 in Bengkalis district, eight in Siak district, seven in Palelewan district and another three in Indragiri Hilir district.

In addition to the 35 hot spots, 13 hot spots had been discovered in the provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD), North Sumatra and West Sumatra, Johanes said, adding that a week ago, the BMG had only noted 23 hot spots.

In the meantime, the Forestry Ministry was reported intending to soon use a Russian-made Kamov Ka-32A holicopter in efforts to overcome forest fires raging in West Kalimantan.(*)

Strong Quake Hits Nias of Sumatera Island
January 24, 2008, 3:40 pm
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 An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia`s Nias Island on Thursday night but there was no immediate report of casualties or material damage.

The epicenter of the quake which struck at 07.04 pm was in the sea 41 km south west of the island at a depth of 25 km, spokesman for the Bengkulu Meteorology and Geophysics Station Sujud said.

On Wednesday, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale also rattled the island, leaving one person dead and four others injured.

Wednesday`s temblor was also believed to have caused cracks in tens of buildings in Gunung Sitoli sub district on the island, spokesman for the Medan Meteorology and Geophysics Office Rifwar Kamin said.

The epicenter of the quake was in the sea about 24 km north west of the island at a depth of 10 km, he said.(*)