Rainstrom hits Indonesia, hundreds of houses damaged
March 31, 2008, 1:02 pm
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Jambi (ANTARA News) – At least one people was reportedly killed and hundreds of houses were destroyed as rainstorm, accompanied by lighting and thunder, swept through Jambi on Sunday.

Jambi municipal spokesman Jhon Eke Powa said here on Monday that the four-hour windstorm which started at 4 pm until 8 pm on Sunday evening destroyed at least 118 houses, uprooted a number of trees, and cut off electrical power across the city of Jambi.

He said the power failure caused a period of power blackout across the city for over eight hours.

“A construction worker at a shopping center who was hit by fallen debris was rushed to a nearby hospital but he breathed his last before reaching the hospital,” Jhon Eke Powa said, adding that the identity of the fatality was still unclear.

He added that Jambi city mayor had ordered the heads of sub-districts to go to the field and collected data about material loss and other possible fatalities. (*)



Floods hits Riau, Sumatera of Indonesia; Thousands displaced
March 26, 2008, 8:09 pm
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Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) – Floods have inundated around 6,000 houses in 49 villages in six sub districts in Kampar District, Riau Province, over the past three weeks.

“A total of 6,010 houses have been inundated in six sub districts,” Kampar District Head Burhanudin Husin said here on Wednesday.

The flood-hit sub districts were Tambang, Siak Hulu, Perhentian Raja, Kampar Kiri, Kampar Kiri Hulu, and Gunung Sahilan, he said.

The flooding had also damaged roads, farming areas and plantations.

The Kampar district administration was planning to request a budget allocation from the central government for renovation of roads, houses, farming areas and plantations affected by the floods. (*)

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Update Landslide and Flood in East Java and Sumatera, 25 March 2008
March 24, 2008, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Flood, Landslide

Floods inundated dozens of villages in East Java and Riau Islands following days of torrential rains over the weekend while landslides hit parts of Central Java and West Sumatra, blocking roads and disrupting traffic. Less than a week after the Bengawan Solo River had receded, it overflowed again on Saturday, inundating around 98 villages in Bojonegoro and Lamongan regencies.

As many as four villages in Jember, East Java were submerged by floodwater up to two meters. The flood also submerged thousands of hectares of paddy fields, paralyzing economy activity in the region. “We cannot harvest the paddy as all the fields are submerged,” said one of the residents.

Meanwhile, torrential rains in the Riau Islands over the past week inundated parts of Indra Giri Hulu, Pelalawan, Siak and Kampar regencies up to two meters.  In Central Java, roads leading from Blora to Rembang in Blora regency were cut off after a landslide on Friday at around 8 PM. The Tempel River recently breached its banks following days of heavy rain, inundating much of the surrounding land. In Sumatra, the main road connecting Riau Islands and West Sumatra was cut off around 11:35 AM on Saturday following a landslide that hit Pangkalan district. A traffic jam extending several kilometers was reported in both directions.

West Sumatra’s road infrastructure agency chief Dody Ruswandi said the landslide is partially due to mining activity by local residents collecting rocks from the hills in the area.  “The hills can no longer hold  rainfall, especially after the recent incessant rain in the region,”  Ruswandi added

Update on Flood in Java and Sumatera of Indonesia
March 19, 2008, 10:57 am
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(From Various news report )Residents living along the Ciliwung River, in particular at Cawang, Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta and Bukit Duri in South Jakarta were forced to evacuate as the river breached its banks early Tuesday.The water level at the Ciliwung River increased due to incessant rain in Bogor, West Java since Monday night.

 The latest update at Manggarai sluice gate stated that the water level reached up to 800 cm.According to staff at the Manggarai sluice gate, the increasing water level is not only occurring at Manggarai. “At Katulampa, water at the sluice  there has reached up to 100 cm.

While in Depok, the water is at 145 cm,” said Anton.In Riau, at least 12,614 families on Monday were facing evacuation following the overflow of a major  river in the province.

Earlier, at least 1,012 families were forced to evacuate.An official from the National Disaster Management Agency, Alius, said the residents were evacuated to shelters in Pekanbaru, Riau.

  The local government has provided more than 20 shelters for the flood victims, Alius added.Meanwhile, the head of public relations from the Riau Government, Surya Maulana, said that several schools in the province were forced to close due to the floods.

In Bengkulu, dozens of houses and hundreds of hectares of paddy fields were inundated in Tanjung Jaya, Serut River district, Bengkulu due to incessant rain since Monday night. The rain also overflowed a number of rivers, including the Bangkahulu River.Meanwhile, four villages in Majalaya district, Bandung regency, West Java still inundated on Tuesday evening, which has hampered economic, education and transportation activities.

Landslide Killed Five People in Sumatera of Indonesia
March 17, 2008, 1:06 pm
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 A landslide triggered by days of heavy rains killed four people at Jorong Asam Jao village in West Sumatra province on Thursday night.

Rescue workers with the help of local people were continuing their search for other victims, Edi Susanto, head of the information and communication office of the Tanah Datar district administration, told ANTARA by phone on Thursday night.

The dead were identified as Yernawati (26), Tika (7), Hidrayati (5), and Ainel Mardia (1) while the missing victim was Irwan (3). They were all of the same family.

Putra, the father, was not at home when the landslide occurred.(*)

Indonesia dan US sign cooperation agreement on volcano monitoring
March 17, 2008, 1:04 pm
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Energy and Mineral Source Ministry and the United States Geological Survey have agreed to establish cooperation in natural disaster monitoring, analysis, early warning and mitigation of volcanoes in North Sulawesi.

“The cooperation is very strategic because it can contribute protection and safety to the people living in volcano areas. It can also help improve the knowledge and the volcano eruption mitigation system,” Energy and Mineral Source Ministry Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Friday after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation.

Minister Purnomo said that Indonesia has the largest number of volcanoes in the world, namely 129 volcanoes, and 80 of them have the potential to erupt and cause disaster.

Around 3.3 million of people lived around active volcano areas which could endanger their lives, he added.

In North Sulawesi Province, about 460,000 people live and perform their activities in areas within a radius of 10 km from volcano`s eruption points.

Under the cooperation with the US Geological Survey, 11 volcanoes in North Sulawesi would be closely monitored, the Indonesian minister said.

The volcanoes included Mt. Ambang, Mt. Lokon, Mt. Tangkoko, and Mt. Klabat on northern Sulawesi Island, and Mt. Awu, Mt. Karangetang, Mt. Ruang, Mt. Submarine, and Mt. Banua Wuhu on Sangihe Talaud Islands.

“The 11 volcanoes will be instrumentally monitored by using satellites and the data collection will be centered at Kakaskasen volcano monitoring post in North Sulawesi, while the results will be sent to the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Center in Bandung,” the minister said. (*)