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
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

Rainstrom hits Indonesia, hundreds of houses damaged
March 31, 2008, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Storm

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. (*)


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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


Whirlwind Strikes West Java, destroys 294 houses
March 10, 2008, 9:29 am
Filed under: Storm

 Whirlwind devastated at least 294 houses, school and local hospital buildings at Sukabumi district, West Java province, on Friday at 16:15 pm local time, leaving no victims.

The afternoon whirlwind which damaged three villages at Parung Kuda sub district had cost the local population material loss amounting to Rp 369 million, said the sub district officer Tendy Hendrayana.

Hendrayana reported that the whirlwind which struck Bojongkokosan, Langensari as well as Kompa villages, had left hundreds of buildings without electricity for hours.

The local government officers accompanied with villagers had been repairing the devastated buildings, he said.

To date, Sukabumi government and Indonesian Red Crescent Institute (BSMI) had been contributing 600 kg of rice as well as medicines and instant noodles to the villagers.

We urged the government to distribute the assistances to correct the situation, Hendrayana said.(*)

East Nusa Tenggara : Five Killed, Island Isolated
February 18, 2008, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Storm

 Five people were killed after being washed out to sea and hundreds of families were cut off after heavy storms lashed Indonesia, officials said Saturday.

More than 500 homes were also destroyed as the country was battered by a fourth day of stormy weather, Frans Salen, an official in East Nusa Tenggara province, where the deaths occurred, told reporters.

He added that all districts in the eastern province, which consists of more than 500 islands, had been hit.

High waves struck coastlines across the islands and forced hundreds to flee their homes to stay in emergency shelters since Wednesday.

Bad weather had hit all inter-island transport, hampering distribution of food and supplies to the islands of Rote and Sabu and some remote villages in West Timor island.

“There are enough stock of rice for the islands but only two days worth of fuel… the local electricity company turns off the power during the day to save fuel,” said Salen.

A local AFP correspondent in the provincial capital Kupang said heavy rains and strong winds continued to batter the area on Saturday.

Meteorologists said a low pressure system off northern Australia was contributing to the stormy weather. (*)

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