Jakarta may be flooded in January
November 10, 2008, 2:40 pm
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11 Jakarta districts may be flooded in January:

BMG warns

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Mon, 11/10/2008 1:28 PM  |  Jakarta

The government’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned that torrential rains will hit Jakarta in January and February next year, potentially flooding 11 districts in three municipalities around the capital.

Endro Santoso, head of BMG’s climatology and air quality information division, on Monday said heavy rains of up to 100 millimeters per day could occur during those months.

“Some 11 districts are prone to heavy flooding during these months,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

These districts are Cengkareng, Grogol, Petamburan and Kalideres in West Jakarta; Kebayoran Baru, Mampang Prapatan and Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta; and Cipayung, Ciracas, Kramatjati and Makasar in East Jakarta.

Endro said the heavy rains would begin in Jakarta in December. He also said there were possibilities of the city facing strong winds prior to the storms.

The rainy season is expected to end in February next year in northern Jakarta and in May in the southern parts of the city. (dre)


Droughts hit rice fields in Central Java
July 2, 2008, 3:56 pm
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Droughts hit rice fields in C. Java

Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA News) – Droughts have hit 19,177 hectares of rice fields in Central Java causing harvest failures on a total of 3,589 hectares of the paddies, a provincial food crop afficial said.

The droughts had hit rice fields in 24 districts, damaging rice plants aged between 10 days and 90 days, Siti Narwanti, head of the Food Crops and Horticullture Protection Center of Cenral Java`s Food Crops and Horticulture Office, said here Tuesday.

She said the droughts had hit plants on rain-fed rice fields where farmers had actually been suggested to grow food crops other than rice during the current dry season.

The drought-hit districts included Semarang, Grobogan, Sragen, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo, Wonogiri, Boyolali, Pekalongan, Brebes, Tegal, Pemalang, Banyumas, Purbalingga, Cilapcap, Banjarnegara, Pati, Blora, Rembang, Purworejo, Kebumen and Wonosobo.

Harvest failures occurred in Sragen, Rembang, Semarang, Banyumas and Cilacap.

According to Siti, the harvest failures occurred only on 0.74 percent (480,000 hectares) of rice fields in Central Java in June, 2008.

Other rice fields were irrigated with water from wells and rivers in an effort to save them until harvest time, she said.

Besides rice fields, droughts also hit 667 hectares of corn fields but the crop was safe to harvest, she said, adding that as the corn was still too young on being harvested, it would only be used as fodder. (*)




Mt Anak Krakatau erupts in Indonesia
April 24, 2008, 8:45 am
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Mt Anak Krakatau erupts in Indonesia

Serang (ANTARA News) – Mt Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait which erupted on Wednesday night at 9 p.m West Indonesia Time started to hurl red-hot rocks from its southern crater.

Head of the monitoring post in Pasauran village, Cinangka sub-district, Serang regency, Anton Tripambudi, said the red-hot rocks hurled by the volcano could be observed very clearly from the Anyer coast, which is an indication that the volcanic tremors would increase.

And its activity has even become uncontrollable as the fire balls from its crater had reached an altitude of up to 600 meters.

Thundering sounds are also heard if one approached the volcano within a radius of three kilometers from its crater.

He said the volcanic tremors have increased in frequency after the Volcanology, Mitigation, and Geological Disaster Center in Bandung has raised the volcano`s alert status to level III.

He said that the fireballs going up from the crater could be easily seen especially during the night from the monitoring post in Pasauran village, and became a beautiful view, especially for tourists. (*)



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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. (*)

Whirlwind damages houses in Lampung
February 6, 2008, 6:44 am
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Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) – Incessant downpours and whirlwind over the past few days in Lampung have damaged a number of houses, uprooted trees and caused power blackout.

“Such a phenomenon has never happened before, it`s horrifying,” Memes, a resident of Karyatani village, East Lampung District, said here on Wednesday.

Heavy rains and whirlwind hit her village last Friday and Monday, damaged some houses and uprooted an electricity pole.

Meanwhile, Bandarlampung Mayor Eddy Sutrisno said that the local municipality administration would provide moderate financial assistance to the victims of the whirlwind. (*)