Landslides killed 10 People in West Java of Indonesia
November 14, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Landslide

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Ten people have been killed and seven are missing feared dead after a landslide triggered by heavy rain crushed parts of two villages in Indonesia, an official said Friday.

The landslide destroyed 30 houses Thursday in the Cianjur district of West Java, local disaster response official Yadi Supriyadi told AFP.

“This accident devastated all of us and we fear that the missing are dead already,” he said.

“The destroyed houses were mostly frail wooden houses, the traditional houses of the area.”

Some 200 residents and officials have been using hoes and crowbars to try to dig their neighbors and loved ones out of the rubble, he said.

More sophisticated rescue equipment was on its way. (*)


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

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.

Landslide kills one in East Java
May 19, 2008, 6:37 pm
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Landslide kills one in East Java

Trenggalek, East Java (ANTARA News) – A landslide killed one person in Karangrejo village, Kampak Subdistrict, Trenggalek Districk, East Java, on Monday.

The victim identified as Mislani bin Matal (23), was asleep when the landslide buried his home. Tens of local villagers helped to evacuate his body which had been trapped under hundreds of cubic meters of mud. His body was later found and buried in a local graveyard on the same day.

The landslide was triggered by heavy rains which had been pouring on the village since Sunday (May 18) evening. Two houses were buried by the landslide.

In addition to Karangrejo, Ngadimulyo village was also affected by a landslide. The landslide in Ngadimuljo cut off road connecting Munjungan and Trenggalek.

According to data of the Kampak Subdistrict military office, there were 21 locations affected by landslides in Karangrejo and Ngadimulyo villages, Trenggalek.

“For temporary, the victim is just one person, because we are still collecting information and data about the disaster,” Juri of the military office 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

“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

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

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