Budget cuts because of COVID-19 forces Indonesia to scale back forest fire protection

Budget cuts in Indonesia have required the scaling back of fire protection measures for some of the world’s most important tropical forests ahead of a worsening fire season, because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.…

Indonesia braces for peak dry season after massive 2019 forest fires

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The government seeks to double down on peatland fire prevention and law enforcement following the massive fires that ravaged much of Indonesia’s forests last year. As we enter the dry season, Environment and Forestry…

Indonesia commences cloud seeding to keep forest fires at bay

Indonesia has started cloud seeding to induce rain as the archipelago moves to head off annual forest fires blamed for blanketing swathes of Southeast Asia in toxic haze. Last year’s fires were the worst since 2015 due to dry weather,…

Indonesian floods kill five

Five people were killed, three more are missing and thousands are unable to return to their waterlogged homes after floods submerged parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, officials said Wednesday (Feb 26). The mud inundated the presidential palace, a major hospital…

Flash flood kills eight students in Indonesia

At least eight students were killed and five more missing when a flash flood hit the Sleman regency of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where junior high school students were on a camping trip. Two dozen students from the group of 249 scouts were…

Indonesian peat fires may burn forever

The toxic haze that engulfed Southeast Asia for months throughout the second half of 2019 was not the first time air pollution has scarred the region. And it might not be the last, if Indonesia’s pulp industry does not undertake…

20 hikers rescued from Indonesia’s Mount Raung after wildfires

On Saturday (Oct 5) seven Singaporeans and 13 other climbers were rescued from Mount Raung in Indonesia after they were trapped overnight by wildfires. The hikers became trapped after wildfires broke out in the area around 6pm Indonesia time on…

Indonesia forest fires have ‘major impact’ on climate, 360m tonnes of CO2 released since August

Forest fires burning in Indonesia have released 360 million tonnes of carbon dioxide since August, said Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (Sep 26).  “We now are clear that these forest fires have a major…

Forest fires in Indonesia spark air pollution warnings in Malaysia

The Malaysia’s Meteorological Department (MMD) said on Thursday (Aug 1) that the west coast of the Malaysian peninsular and western Sarawak has begun to experience smoke haze due to forest fires in Indonesia. So far 30 to 40 hotspots have been…

Two Die and Many More Trapped in the Tourist Resort of Lombok, Bali

About 30 tourists have been evacuated from a waterfall site hit by landslides on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people have died, authorities say. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, just hours after…

Rare Tornado Leaves Trail of Destruction in the Indonesian City of Bogor, West Java 

A tornado hit the Indonesian city of Bogor in West Java on Thursday afternoon (Dec 6), claiming one life and leaving a trail of wreckage, according to local media reports. The incident, which took place at about 3 pm local time, killed…

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes 13 min after take-off

An early Lion Air flight out of Jakarta on Monday (29th Oct) lost contact with control 13 minutes after take-off. The plan a Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 210 passengers. It was not clear how many people were on board “It…

Update – 12 days on and the toll increases to 1760 dead and 5000 missing in Indonesia

The death toll from the 28th September 7.5 magnitude earthquake that spawned a tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1763, with 5000 believed buried in deep mud and under the debris of collapsed buildings and homes. Local rescuers were continuing…

Death toll soars to 82 after another tragic Indonesian quake

Last week a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, that earthquake killed a dozen people and injured many more. As the island was just beginning to start the recovery process a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, last night,…

At least 7 killed after heavy rain caused landslides in central Java

As of noon, on Friday on 23rd  February at least seven people are confirmed dead and 13 others missing after a landslide in Central Java. Five people are injured and are being treated at hospitals. A total of 245 people have been displaced…

Cyclone Cempaka hits Indonesia killing 41

A tropical cyclone ‘Cempaka’ landed on Indonesia’s main island of Java killed 41 people, the country’s disaster agency said from Java, more than double the initial toll, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides. Among the victims…

Fireworks factory fire kills more than 47 people in Indonesia

At least 47 people have been killed in an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory near Jakarta, Thursday 26th Oct. There are many missing from the 103 employees, working in the factory at the time, bodies are still being…

Extended dry season sees forest fires spread rapidly in Indonesia

Fires had spread to more than 60ha of fields and forests in Aceh, Sumatra and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problems due to the haze. Indonesia’s disaster agency has warned of an increasing threat of…

Another Indonesian volcano

Mount Sinabung has erupted repeatedly in recent days, pumping hot gas clouds up to 3km into the sky. The volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air on Wednesday (Apr 12), in its latest…

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 ‘haze’ deaths

By Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe JAKARTA (Reuters) – Harvard and Columbia university research showing smoke from land fires in Southeast Asia led to more than 100,000 premature deaths last year “makes no sense at all,” an official at…

Hi Tech smoke detection to solve the Asian haze problem

Indonesia is planning a hi-tech monitoring network to protect peatland at the centre of last year’s raging fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in toxic haze, a senior official said on Tuesday (Jun 28). Monitoring devices will be installed in the…

Game-changing technology used to control fires and floods

Indonesia will be using Japanese technology to monitor the water levels in low laying areas. The monitors buried deep in the ground send real-time data from the censor, this information will allow water managers to make decisions on water flows…

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