Fire in overcrowded Indonesian prison kills 41

A fire roared through an overcrowded Indonesian prison block in the early hours of Wednesday, 8 September when most inmates were asleep, killing 41 people and injuring dozens of others, an official said. The fire in Banten province broke out between 1am and…

Indonesia warns early rainy season may trigger more natural disasters

Indonesia may experience more natural disasters in the coming months as the country’s annual rainy season is expected to start earlier and be more severe this year, the country’s meteorological agency, BMKG, said on Thursday (26 August). Indonesia’s rainy season…

Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupts again

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Wednesday, July 28, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash into the sky. The eruption of the volcano in North Sumatra province lasted about 12 minutes, a local geological agency said. ‘The volcanic material…

Death toll in Indonesian power plant landslide rises to 10

The death toll from a landslide at a hydroelectric dam project on Indonesia’s Sumatra island has risen to 10, an official said on Thursday (6 May), as the authorities called off a week-long search for victims. A landslide triggered by…

With climate change supercharging cyclones, experts call for enhanced preparedness

Despite obvious signs that a powerful cyclone was brewing, life carried on as usual in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara last month. Aside from grounding ships and airplanes from travelling in the rough weather, hardly any preparation was…

Rescuers race to find dozens missing after deadly floods kill at least 120 people in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Rescuers were searching for dozens of people still missing on Tuesday (20 April) after floods and landslides swept away villages in Indonesia and East Timor, killing at least 120 people and leaving thousands more homeless. Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone…

Indonesia is hit by cyclones and then an earthquake on Saturday

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday (11 April) ordered swift rescue and relief efforts after eight people died in an earthquake that hit off southern Java island. Three others were badly injured in Saturday’s magnitude-5.9 quake and more than 1,180…

27 die as Indonesian school bus plunges into gorge

A bus carrying schoolchildren and some parents returning from an excursion plunged into a ravine on the Indonesian island of Java on Wednesday night (10 March), killing 27 people, the country’s transportation ministry says. Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said…

Rescue operations in Indonesia, with 81 known deaths, are being hampered by torrential rains after Friday’s earthquake

It was unclear how many people – dead or alive – could still be under the mountains of debris in the aftermath of Friday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake, as scores of rescuers combed through the destruction, filling body bags with corpses. The…

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…

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