LATEST NATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA


Samarinda Flood Spreading
November 10, 2008, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Flood

Samarinda Flood Spreading

Samarinda, E Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – The flood that hit the East Kalimantan provincial capital of Samarinda over the past week has been spreading to six villages in two subdistricts.

By Sunday at least 4,547 houses in North Samarinda and Samarinda Ulu subdistricts were inundated compared to 3,989 houses in North Samarinda last Saturday, according to data from the disaster mitigation command post.

“Yesterday (last Satrurday) only four villages in North Samarinda subdistrict were flooded. But by Sunday afternoon the flood has spread and inundated part of Sidodadi and Gunung Kelua villages in Samarinda Ulu subdistrict,” rescue worker Gusti Ahmad said.

He predicted more and more areas would be flooded as the Mahakam River which flows through the city continued to overflow.

“The flood water has shown no sign of receding. The water level is likely to rise as the Mahakam River usually overflows ahead of the full moon,” he said.

An Antara journalist observed the water level in a number of flooded roads including Jl. Ruhui Rahaya, dr Sutomo, M. Yamin and PM Noor continued to increase on Sunday, forcing the traffic police to close the roads.

The water level on the roads reached 30 cm-50 cm.(*)

 

 

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Sea water inundates parts of Jakarta ,Indonesia
June 5, 2008, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Flood


Floods and Landslides hit Ambon of Maluku
May 31, 2008, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Flood, Landslide

Landslides, floods hitting Ambon since Friday

Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) – Landslides triggered by heavy rains
have been hitting a number of locations in Ambon, Maluku province,
since Friday but there were no fatalities.

In the Tantui area, a landslide damaged a house, while in Sudirman
street, the fence of the Maluku Police`s office was broken by a
landslide.

Three houses in the Kanawa area were inundated by mud carrying tree
branches that had come from a nearby mountain slope.

Following incessant downpours, tens of houses in Batumerah village
were inundated by 30-centimeter-deep flood water, forcing local
residents to move their belongings to higher grounds.

Landslides and floods regularly hit Ambon during the rainy season,
and therefore Ambon Mayor Jopi Papilaja has banned house
construction on hill slopes which are prone to landslides.
(*)



Tidal Flood May hits Jakarta of Indonesia next week : World Bank
May 30, 2008, 10:59 am
Filed under: Flood

The World Bank warned Thursday that an exceptionally high tide could
inundate the Indonesian capital next week, forcing thousands of
people to flee homes and cutting off the highway to the
international airport.

The situation — exacerbated by global warming and the fact that
Jakarta is sinking up to 2 inches a year — could mean flooding will
exceed last November’s roof-high levels in the hardest-hit areas,
said Hongjoo Hahm, the bank’s infrastructure expert.

“This is just the beginning,” he said, as he pointed to homes
reaching a mile inland that will likely be affected Tuesday and
Wednesday by the 18-year semiannual tide cycle. “It’s getting worse
and worse.”

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago nation, is one of the world’s
largest contributors of carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to the
rapid pace of deforestation. But experts say the country is also at
risk of becoming one of the biggest victims of climate change.

Rising sea waters especially pose a threat to coastal cities like
Jakarta, which has sunk at least 7 feet in the last three decades
because of excessive ground water extraction, said Hahm.

Eventually, the government should consider building a Dutch-styled
dike to protect the Jakarta Bay, he said, “but that will cost
billions of U.S. dollars.”

The 18-year high tide cycles occur when the sun and moon are in
direct alignment and making their closest approach to the Earth.
Other factors, such as global warming or El Nino and La Nina, have
made the sea swells even larger in recent years, Hahm said



Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050
May 19, 2008, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesia should reduce its energy consumption or a large disaster will occur in 2050. The use of energy is alleged as the main cause of earth’s temperature rise of 6.4 celcius degree over the last century.

“The year 2050 will be critical ,” said State Minister for the Environment, Rahmat Witoelar in a general lecture on climate change and sustainable development at the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) University of Indonesia, today.

Rahmat quoted a conclusion from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that the increase of global temperature since the 20th century is caused mainly by the increased concentration of green house gases because of human activity.

He explained that because of the temperature increases, seven large rivers in the world will be dried out, including the Ganges river in India and Yellow River in China.

He added that the access road to Soekarno-Hatta airport will be flooded permanently due to global warming.

To slow the global warming process, Rahmat recommended a ‘green’ lifestyle for Indonesia, by reducing electricity and fuel usage. “I suggest the government and building providers in Jakarta to design skyscrapers that are energy-save friendly,” said Rahmat.



Heavy downpours trigger flooding in Biak, Papua
May 5, 2008, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Flood, Landslide

Biak, Papua (ANTARA News) – Heavy Downpours triggered flooding in
Biak subdistrict, Biak Numfor District here on Saturday.

Floodwaters reaching a height of 20 cm to 50 cm inundated several
houses on Sisinggamangaraja street and several other streets.

“Roads and houses have been flooded due to the heavy rains over the
past few hours in Biak,” Putra, a resident of Biak, said.

La Nina-induced downpours have lately triggered floods in several
Indonesian provinces such as West Sumatra, Central Sulawesi, South
Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan.

La Nina is expected to continue for the next two months based on
current atmospheric and oceanic conditions and recent trends,
according to the US Climate Prediction Center in its press release
recently.

“Expected La Nina impacts during April-June include a continuation of
above-average precipitation over Indonesia and below-average
precipitation over the central equatorial Pacific,” the statement
said.
(*)



Historical Maps of Natural Hazards and Disaster in Indonesia
April 15, 2008, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

http://ochaonline.un.org/indonesia/MapCentre/OtherMaps/tabid/3799/Default.aspx