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Floods, landslides kill at least 8 in Indonesia

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

At least 4 people are missing but authorities say data is still being collected across hard-hit areas

AFTER HEAVY RAINS. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 23, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 31 kilometers (19 miles) off Sumba island, some 150 kilometers west southwest of the city of Waingapu, according to the United States Geological Survey

Second black box from Lion Air crash found – Indonesian officials

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Haryo Satmiko, deputy head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), says the box had been recovered early Monday morning, January 14

THE FIRST BLACK BOX. This picture from Indonesia media agency "detikcom" shows officials displaying part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box, an FDR (flight data recorder), after it was recovered from the Java Sea in the waters off Karawang on November 1, 2018. File photo by Pradita Utama/Detikcom/AFP

Indonesia landslide death toll reaches 32 – official

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Rescuers who have been pulling bodies from mountains of mud call off the search with one person still unaccounted for

LANDSLIDE DEATHS. In this file photo taken on January 1, 2019, rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Sukabumi, West Java province. Photo by AFP

Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:32 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Authorities raise the crater's status to high alert, the second-highest danger warning, while aviation officials order flights to be redirected away from the area

ERUPTION. This picture taken on December 26, 2018 shows the Anak (Child) Krakatoa volcano erupting, as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits. AFP/STR photo

Life and death choices for Indonesia tsunami victims

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Udin Ahok, 46, is forced to choose between saving his wife, or saving his mother or baby, in the face of a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia

TSUNAMI AFTERMATH. Damage caused by a tsunami is seen in the Sumber Jaya village in Sumur, Pandeglang, Banten province on December 25, 2018, three days after a tsunami hit the west coast of Indonesia's Java island. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian pop group singer to bury wife killed in tsunami

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'How can I live without you, Dylan Sahara?' lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah writes on his widely followed Instagram account

GOODBYES. Only one member of Indonesian band Seventeen survived the deadly tsunami. Photo from Seventeen'€™s official Instagram

Funerals held for band members killed in Indonesian tsunami

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The band's frontman is the only surviving member of the group which has released a half dozen albums and commands a large fan base in Indonesia

'Everything's gone': Indonesian villagers recount tsunami horror

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:19 PM

'We're very poor and now this happens,' one of the survivors of the volcano-triggered tsunami says

Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs to 373

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:13 PM

(UPDATED) Rescue teams use their bare hands, diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda Strait

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Indonesia

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:40 AM

A volcano-triggered tsunami leaves a trail of dead bodies after slamming without warning into beaches around Sunda Strait

Rescuers look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra on December 23, 2018. Photo by Ferdi Awed/AFP

Shocking video shows tsunami rip through stage as band performs

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The video shows a band playing to a large crowd when the wall of water hit

Lion Air to resume search for victims of Indonesia crash

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Following requests from victims' families, Lion says it allocated 38 billion rupiah ($2.6 million) to hire a Dutch company to continue the search with its ship, the MPV Everest

CRASH DEBRIS. This picture taken at the Tanjung Priok Jakarta port on October 30, 2018 shows two Indonesian policemen examining debris of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 in Jakarta. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Officials are still assessing the impact of the earthquake

Indonesia military finds 16 bodies after Papua massacre

Dec 06, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(UPDATED) The confirmed deaths, believed to be of construction workers, mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked by a low-level independence insurgency

SURVIVOR. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. Photo by Joseph Situmorang/AFP

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Indonesian soldiers are hunting for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province

An Indonesian military ambulance evacuates the body of a soldier in Wamena, Papua province on December 5, 2018, who was killed after coming under rebel gunfire while investigating reports that construction workers had been shot dead by separatist rebels in Nduga. Indonesian soldiers hunted on December 5 for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. Joseph SITUMORANG / AFP

Soldier killed as Indonesia probes mass shooting reports in Papua

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:56 PM

An Indonesian soldier is killed while investigating reports that more than two dozen construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province

Indonesian soldiers prepare coffins for construction workers, believed to have been shot dead, in Wamena in Papua province on December 4, 2018. Indonesia is investigating reports that 31 construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the public works minister said on December 4, as he halted construction in the area. STAF STEEL / AFP

Deep 6.3-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Indonesia disaster agency says the quake was felt weakly in Tiakur for about 3 to 5 seconds

Lion Air jet should have been grounded before fatal crash – Indonesia

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The plane was no longer airworthy and it should not have kept flying,' says the aviation head of Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee

ndonesia's National Transportation Safety Commission's (KNKT) deputy head Haryo Satmiko (2nd R) delivers a preliminary report on Lion Air flight JT 610 during a press conference in Jakarta on November 28, 2018. Lion Air must improve its safety culture and better document repair work on its planes, Indonesian authorities said on November 28, in preliminary findings into last month's crash that killed all 189 people on board. Bay ISMOYO / AFP

Indonesia's Lion Air must improve safety culture – crash report

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Investigators say that Lion Air kept putting the plane back into service despite repeatedly failing to fix a problem with the airspeed indicator in the days leading up to the fatal flight

IDENTIFICATION. In this file photo, Indonesian police and SAR personnel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's new 'heresy app' draws fire

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Users of the Smart Pakem app can report groups practicing unrecognized faiths or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia's 6 officially recognised religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism

SMART PAKEM APP. An Indonesian woman shows a newly launched smartphone application called "Smart Pakem" of Jakarta's prosecutor office in Jakarta on November 27, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia wraps up Lion Air plane crash victim identification

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The identification is being called off because all the recovered remains have been tested

DEBRIS. This file photo shows a boat sailing in the background as debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 floats at sea in the waters north of Karawang, West Java province, on October 29, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Released Bali Nine drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Police want to question Renae Lawrence about outstanding arrest warrants dating from before her ill-fated departure for Bali in 2005

RELEASED. Renae Lawrence (C) of Australia is escorted from Bangli prison after being released in Bangli regency on Bali island on November 21, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) It is likely that Renae Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release

BALI NINE. In this file photo taken on October 21, 2005, Australian Renae Lawrence holds hands with relative as she asks for support before her trial at a court in Denpasar. File photo by Ardiles Rante/AFP

Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The exact cause of the whale's death is not yet known but there are signs that 'plastic waste might have triggered it,' WWF Indonesia marine species conservation coordinator Dwi Suprapti says

A SPERM WHALE'S DEATH. This picture taken on November 19, 2018 shows a dead sperm whale that washed ashore that had nearly 6 kilograms (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, in Wakatobi National Park in Sulawesi province. Photo by La Ode M. Saleh Hanan/AFP

Boeing issues advice over sensors after Lion Air plane crash

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:17 AM

The plane maker says local aviation officials believe pilots might have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Photo handout from Pertamina Hulu Energy via National Disaster Mitigation Agency/AFP

Passengers create stink over pungent planeload of durian

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:58 PM

The airline admits it was carrying more than two tons of durian but insists they posed no danger to the flight, adding the smell would dissipate once the aircraft took off

Search teams recover chairs, wheels from Lion Air plane crash site

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Divers are searching an area about 25-35 meters deep, but have been finding fewer body parts than earlier in the week

'Black box' recovered from crashed Lion Air plane

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations and could hold vital clues to the cause of the deadly accident

BLACK BOX. This picture from Indonesia media agency 'detikcom' shows officials displaying part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box, an FDR (flight data recorder), after it was recovered from the Java Sea, during search operations in the waters off Karawang on November 1, 2018. Photo by Pradita Utama/Detikcom/AFP

Indonesia military chief 'strongly believes' crashed Lion Air plane found

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Using sonar technology, Hadi Tjahjanto says authorities are confident they have pinpointed the location of the Boeing 737-MAX plane that plunged into the sea on October 29

INSPECTION. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L), Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi (C), and National Search and Rescue head Muhammad Syaugi (R) inspect recovered debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 while touring the operations center at a port in northern Jakarta on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Crashed Lion Air plane: What we know

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Here is what we know so far about the Lion Air crash and the investigation

IDENTIFICATION. Indonesian police and SAR personnel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

More body parts found from crashed Lion Air plane

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The accident has resurrected concerns about the patchy safety record of Indonesia's aviation industry

DEBRIS. A boat sails in the background as debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 floats at sea in the waters north of Karawang, West Java province, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 189 passengers, crew

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:16 PM

(5th UPDATE) Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweets pictures of debris, including what appeared to be an emergency slide and various parts of a smashed mobile phone

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Handout photo by Pertamina Hulu Energy/AFP

188 passengers, crew onboard missing Indonesia jet – official

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:49 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants,' says Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry

LION AIR. A Lion Air commercial plane lands at the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 7, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

A month on, Indonesia's quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever

DISASTER. An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbouhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

China-backed hydro dam threatens world's rarest orangutan

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The site of the dam in the Batang Toru rainforest on Sumatra island is the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total

THREATENED. This handout picture from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) taken on August 11, 2018 shows a Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru rainforest, its only known habitat, on Sumatra island. Photo by Nanang Sujana/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation/AFP

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says helicopters began dousing the areas with disinfectant to prevent flies, cockroaches, and rats from spreading disease

SPRAY. A helicopter operated by Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency sprays disinfectant to sterilize an area, affected by liquefaction due to the September 28 earthquake and where thousands are still feared buried, in Palu on October 18, 2018. Photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 billion in loans

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:59 PM

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva says the funds could be used for reconstruction and the country's disaster resilience efforts

AFTERMATH. A man walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

At least 22 dead in Indonesia floods and landslides

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:04 PM

At least 17 people are confirmed killed in the last 3 days in North Sumatra province, while 5 others are killed in West Sumatra

LANDSLIDE. A woman with a suitcase makes her way along a destroyed road in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

'Winter is coming,' Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Joko Widodo's offbeat reference to the wildly popular show draw applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali

'WINTER IS COMING.' Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 12, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:35 PM

More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the twin disaster on Sulawesi island

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor salvages items from the debris of a house in Wani in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

3 dead, IMF summit shaken as strong earthquake hits Indonesia

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island

Winnie the Pooh brings laughter to Indonesian quake kids

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Volunteers are cheering up children across Palu with songs and games as the youngsters come to grips with a city hollowed out and twisted by nature.

WINNIE THE POOH. Indonesian children hug a Winnie the Pooh character as they attend a trauma healing program at a shelter in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 8, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Monuments to remember dead and missing in quake-ravaged Indonesia

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Memorials will be erected at Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge outside Palu where liquefaction engulfed entire villages

An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbourhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. The death toll from the Indonesian quake-tsunami nearly doubled to 832 but was expected to rise further after a disaster that has left the island of Sulawesi reeling. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

More bodies found as death toll from Indonesia earthquake nears 2000

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The death toll from the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that erased whole suburbs in Palu has reached 1,944, says local military spokesman M. Thohir.

THE DEAD OF PALU. People attempt to identify the bodies of their relatives at the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake in the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

5,000 believed missing from Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Indonesia's disaster agency said they have recovered 1,763 bodies so far from the 7.5-magnitude and subsequent tsunami

SEARCHING. A quake survivor looks for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Children born aboard floating hospital in quake aftermath

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:06 PM

A miracle arrives out of the blue in devastated Palu port – the KRI Dr Soeharso, an Indonesian naval ship, kitted out with a top-rate medical clinic

BIRTH. Indonesian Dinar, 38-year-old, tends to her newborn baby named after the KRI floating hospital Dian Suharsi On the floating hospital in Pantoloan on October 6, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Disease fears as more bodies found in Indonesia disaster

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:32 PM

There are fears that vast numbers of decomposing bodies could still be buried beneath Petobo and Balaroa – two areas virtually wiped off the map

WIPED. Mass graves were being readied on October 1, 2018 for hundreds of victims of the Indonesian quake and tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP