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Earthquake, flooding and landslides: Indonesia grapples with a string of disasters

Flooding in South Kalimantan has killed greater than a dozen individuals and displaced tens of hundreds. Rescue staff are nonetheless searching for a number of lacking and feared buried underneath the mud 10 days after landslides tore by way of a village in West Java. And divers proceed to seek for victims and essential knowledge within the wreckage of Sriwijaya Air flight 182, which crashed within the Java Sea on January 9, with 62 individuals on board.

Meanwhile, two volcanoes on probably the most populous island, Java, are spewing ash into the air, with tons of of individuals evacuated from the slopes of Mount Merapi in current weeks.

On Sunday, the demise toll from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island rose to 84, as rescue staff continued the seek for survivors trapped in rubble whereas aftershocks rattled the island.

Seventy-three individuals died in Friday’s quake within the metropolis of Mamuju, to the north of the epicenter, whereas one other 11 had been killed in Majene, a metropolis about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Mamuju. Thousands of residents fled their properties to hunt security, however many are nonetheless trapped underneath collapsed buildings, in accordance with native search and rescue groups.

At least 253 individuals had been critically harm and one other 679 suffered minor accidents, stated Raditya Jati, from Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management. The quake additionally triggered an influence outage and induced three landslides alongside the primary street connecting Majene and Mamuju.

The quake has created a further headache for a nation already battling a critical coronavirus outbreak. Indonesia has reported not less than 907,929 Covid-19 instances and almost 26,000 associated deaths, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University knowledge.

The head of Indonesia’s catastrophe administration company, Doni Monardo, stated Sunday that speedy antigen check kits had been being offered to evacuation facilities to test and hint for potential Covid-19 transmission among the many 19,435 individuals displaced by the earthquake.

“Later there will be an antigen swab process, to ensure that refugees are not exposed to Covid-19,” Doni stated. He added that displacement facilities have been requested to separate susceptible teams from younger individuals to forestall the virus spreading.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency cautioned that aftershocks might nonetheless happen and urged these dwelling in hilly areas to pay attention to landslides. People dwelling close to the coast had been additionally warned to keep away from the seashore in case of tsunamis.

Meanwhile, rescue groups had been persevering with to free individuals trapped underneath collapsed buildings in a number of areas throughout Mamuju — together with two inns and a hospital. “People are reporting that their family members are trapped under collapsed houses and asking for our help,” Ariyanto Ardi, part head of the native catastrophe administration division, advised CNN on Saturday.

“We still have no details how many people are buried under those flattened buildings,” he added.

In this picture taken on January 16, 2021, lava is seen during an eruption of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java.

Straddling the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” Indonesia — a nation of excessive tectonic exercise — is commonly hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2018, a 6.2-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck the town of Palu, in Sulawesi, killing hundreds of individuals.

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most energetic volcano, started erupting once more on January 4. Since then, 500 individuals dwelling on or near its fertile slopes have been evacuated, in accordance with the native Disaster Management of Magelang District.

On Monday, Merapi continued to spew lava as sizzling clouds and ash rose 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) into the air, in accordance with the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation. The company stated six lava flows might be seen, descending 600 meters down its southwestern slope.

Also on Java Island, Indonesia’s highest volcano Mount Semeru started spewing lava, ash and smoke on Saturday.

Flooding and landslides

Floods introduced on by heavy rain in South Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo this week have killed not less than 15 individuals and displaced greater than 100,000.

Waters as excessive as 1.5 meters (5 toes) inundated greater than 20,000 properties throughout 10 districts within the province, in accordance with Raditya from the catastrophe administration company.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the flood-hit areas on Monday as rescue groups distributed assist together with meals, tarpaulins and blankets, to these in want.

Separately, not less than six individuals had been killed in flooding and landslides in Manado City, in North Sulawesi on Saturday.

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded residential area in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, Borneo Island, on 17 January 2021.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency warned that extra rain might comply with, saying the area was in the midst of the wet season, which can final till February.

Meanwhile, rescue staff proceed to go looking by way of mud and particles for victims 10 days after a landslide, introduced on by heavy rains and unstable soil situations, tore by way of Cihanjuang village in West Java province. On Monday, 4 our bodies had been pulled from the mud, elevating the demise toll to 33. Rescue staff are trying to find 4 individuals nonetheless lacking, in accordance with the West Java Search and Rescue Agency.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands, typically suffers floods and landslides, notably in the course of the wet season from November to March. In December 2019 and January 2020, extreme flooding in Jakarta triggered by the worst rainfall on report, left swaths of the capital underwater and affected greater than 400,000 individuals.

Experts have voiced concern that such excessive climate might change into a brand new norm because of the local weather disaster.

Rescue teams search for victims buried by the landslides in Cihanjuang Village, West Java.

Sriwijaya Air crash

In one other catastrophe that rocked the Southeast Asian nation, divers proceed their search of the wreckage of Sriwijaya Air flight 182 whereas authorities push on of their investigation into the reason for the crash.

On Friday, search groups positioned the airplane’s cockpit voice recorder however the reminiscence unit was not with the case, Soerjanto Tjahjono, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee, advised CNN.

Despite the lacking crash reminiscence unit, Soerjanto stated they believed they might nonetheless have the ability to retrieve knowledge.

The flight data recorder of Sriwijaya Air flight 182 retrieved from the Java Sea where the passenger jet crashed on January 12, 2021.

Also on Friday, the committee efficiently downloaded info contained within the recovered flight knowledge recorder, which was discovered by divers and a remotely operated underwater car final week.

“There are 330 parameters and all are in good condition. We are currently studying it,” Soerjanto stated.

The findings from the flight knowledge recorder knowledge have thus far confirmed earlier stories that the 2 engines had been nonetheless working when the airplane hit the water.

Efforts to seek out and establish those that perished on board additionally proceed. On Sunday, divers retrieved 10 baggage of human stays in addition to items and particles from the airplane itself.

Masrur Jamaluddin reported from Jakarta, Helen Regan wrote from Hong Kong. CNN’s Julia Hollingsworth and Yosef Riadi contributed reporting.

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