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.


Historical Maps of Natural Hazards and Disaster in Indonesia
April 15, 2008, 9:15 pm
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Data Compilation of Natural Disasters in Indonesia, 2008
March 12, 2008, 9:25 am
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Storm, Tsunami

Natural Disasters in Indonesia

January to February 2008


Tidal waves damage 214 houses in Selayar, S Sulawesi
February 20, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: Hightide

Tidal waves and strong wind hit Selayar District, South Sulawesi Province, damaging at least 214 houses on Friday.

The disaster forced hundreds of residents to fee their houses and evacuate to safer areas, Selayar’s social service head Nuryani Yusuf said.

Worst-hit subdistricts included Bonto Sikuyu where 106 houses were damaged, Benteng (52 houses), Pasi Masunggu Timur (32 houses), Pasi Masunggu (17 houses) and Bonto Manai (eight houses).

The tidal waves triggered flooding which inundated houses located along the coastal line, he said.

The tidal waves were the worst in the past 34 years, she said.

“Huge tidal waves once occurred in 1974 and now it happens again. Luckily it did not claim any lives,” she said.

The tidal waves are expected to continue until February 24, 2008, and might also affect villages in Takalar, Jeneponto, Bantaeng and Bulukumba District. (*)

High waves destroy houses in coastal areas of Madura
February 20, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Hightide

High waves which hit the Pamekasan regency, Madura, in the past three months, had destroyed at least 10 houses in the coast of the area.

The high waves coupled with high velocity winds had cost the local population material loss amounting to Rp 100 million, said Faruk, a villager.

Faruk said that 2-meter high waves have entered the coastal areas destroying houses and other building in their path.

The high waves can now easily enter the coastal areas as there were no longer sand dunes which in the past had also served an obstacle to the raging waves to enter the coastal areas. Illegal quarrying had caused the disappearance of the dunes.

The villagers had called on the local administration to do something to correct the situation.(*)