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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

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesian soldiers ordered to fire on looters in disaster zone

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:27 PM

An official of the local military says soldiers had now been given orders to shoot people spotted stealing from shops

Indonesian soldiers bury quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. The Indonesian government on October 2 said the death toll from a devastating quake-tsunami on the island of Sulawesi had risen to 1,234 people, up from the previous count of 844. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

Time running out for survivors as Indonesia toll tops 1,400

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Indonesian authorities set a tentative deadline of Friday, October 5, to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to almost zero

A man (L) 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. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on September 30, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Why Indonesia's tsunamis are so deadly

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A combination of plate tectonic in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous

DEADLY DISASTER. A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts on tsunami-hit island

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The state disaster agency warns people to stay at least 4 kilometers away but says there is no need to evacuate for the time being

MOUNT SOPUTAN. This handout picture taken and released on October 3, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows Soputan volcano erupting ash up to 4,000 metres above the crater, as seen from Pinabetengan in Southeast Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province. AFP PHOTO / National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB)

Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay – scientists

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Experts say at least 3 factors caused the deadly waves that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu

AFTERMATH. Residents trying to salvage belongings from their homes which collapsed after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

U.N. says needs are 'vast' in Indonesia as toll nears 1,400

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

HELP NEEDED. Earthquake-affected people wait for an evacuation flight by the Indonesian military at the airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia clamps down on looting as death toll tops 1,200

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, among them thousands of children, says the UN

LOOTING. People loot a convenience store in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on September 30, 2018, after a strong earthquake trigered a tsunami that struck the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Twin earthquakes send residents fleeing on Indonesia's Sumba

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:40 AM

There are no immediate reports of serious damage

Dozens of students found dead as Indonesia rescue ramps up

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

MASS GRAVE. Officials carry body bags into a mass grave ahead of a mass funeral for quake victims in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Filipino detainee missing after Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Filipino detainee, earlier reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs as safe, is among 800 prisoners 'now missing,' says Consul General Oscar Orcine

A man (L) 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. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on September 30, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Prison break: convicts on the run after Indonesia disaster

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The mass prison break occurs after the powerful tremor sparked a wall of water that devastated the small city of Palu on Friday

PRISON BREAK. Earthquake photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP. Prison gate image from Shutterstock

Quake-hit Indonesia asks for help, graves dug for 1,000-plus

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Joko Widodo opens the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance.

AFTERMATH. This picture taken on September 29, 2018 shows residents looking at covered up bodies recovered after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island. Photo by Ola Gondronk/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Sulawesi

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The powerful Indonesia earthquake-tsunami killed more than 800 people

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / 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. Photo by Baty Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesians turn to Facebook in desperate hunt for loved ones

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Families are posting photos, descriptions of lost family members, and contact numbers in the hope of learning more

RUBBLE. A policeman stands over the rubble of a ten-storey hotel in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, after it collapsed following a strong earthquake in the area. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Mass burials to begin as Indonesia death toll tops 800

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(5th UPDATE) As shattered survivors scoured make-shift morgues for loved ones, and authorities struggled to dig out the living or assess the scale of the devastation beyond the city of Palu, grim warnings come that the eventual toll could reach thousands

AFTERMATH. Residents look at covered up bodies recovered after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. Photo by Ola Gondronk/AFP

Hundreds killed in Indonesia quake-tsunami

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(6th UPDATE) The national disaster agency puts the official death toll so far at 384, all of them in the tsunami-struck city of Palu, but warns the toll is likely to rise

AFTERMATH. People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. Rescuers scrambled to reach tsunami-hit central Indonesia and assess the damage after a strong quake brought down several buildings and sent locals fleeing their homes for higher ground. Photo by OLA GONDRONK/AFP

Indonesian city hit by tsunami after powerful earthquake

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) Video footage filmed from the top floor of a parking ramp spiral in Palu, nearly 80 kilometers from the quake's epicenter, showed a churning wall of whitewater mow down several buildings and inundate a large mosque

EARTHQUAKE. This handout photograph taken and released on September 28, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows a collapsed shopping mall in Palu, Central Sulawesi, after a strong earthquake hit the area. Handout photo by BNPB/AFP

Indonesian teen rescued after 7 weeks adrift at sea

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Aldi Novel Adilang goes adrift in mid-July when the he was working solo on a fishing hut anchored about 125 kilometers off Indonesia's Sulawesi island

Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The government has taken steps to prevent the disease from spreading such as taking blood samples, distributing mosquito nets, and fogging

Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The offshore tremor strikes at a shallow depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles), about 100 kilometers southeast of Kupang on the Indonesian portion of Timor island, the USGS said

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Jambi High Court on Monday agrees to drop the abortion charge against the teenager following an appeal by her lawyers

Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Some 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes

AFTERMATH. Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 20, 2018 after a series of earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout August 19. AFP file photo

Multiple earthquakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, 10 dead

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

(5th UPDATE) Aid agencies vow to boost humanitarian assistance on the island as devastated residents struggled in makeshift displacement camps

NEW QUAKE. The 6.3 earthquake happens two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok. File Photo from AFP/Indonesian military

Indonesia earthquake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The total number killed in the quake is now 436, with more than 1,300 injured and nearly 353,000 displaced

EARTHQUAKE. Two residents look on as damaged houses are being destroyed by workers using an excavator after an earthquake hit the area of Gangga on August 12, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

8 bodies found in Indonesian plane crash

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Papua military spokesperson Dax Sianturi says the cause of the crash has not been confirmed yet pending an investigation by the national transportation safety committee

SOLE SURVIVOR. A rescue team prepares to evacuate the sole survivor from the crash site of a Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft at Menuk mountain in Oksibil. Photo released by Papua's Cendrawasih Military Command's information unt

Plane carrying 9 people missing in eastern Indonesia

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Search and rescue teams have been deployed but it will take them up to 3 hours to reach the suspected crash site by foot, a police chief says

Death toll from Indonesia quake tops 380

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:44 PM

6 days after the quake hit, some evacuees have still not received assistance, particularly in the mountainous north of the island

AFTERMATH. A man walks through rubble of buildings on Gili Air island, West Nusa Tenggara on August 11, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Aftershocks rock Indonesia's Lombok as earthquake death toll jumps to 319

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Survivors of the earthquake are also being shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake on Thursday, which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok,' says national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

HELP NEEDED. Young earthquake survivors study at an evacuation center in Lapangan Tanjung in North Lombok on West Nusa Tenggara province on August 8, 2018, 3 days after an earthquake hit the area. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesian shaman arrested for keeping sex slave for 15 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The 83-year-old shaman, identified as Jago, tricks the woman into believing the spirit of a young man named Amrin lives inside him. The victim was convinced Amrin was her boyfriend.

Lombok earthquake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Around 1,477 people are severely injured, with tens of thousands of homes damaged. Authorities say the death toll of 131 is likely to rise.

BONFIRE. Displaced residents sit around a bonfire outside their temporary tents in Pemenang, northern Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an earthquake. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Tourist exodus from Lombok as quake toll hits 98

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) More than 20,000 people are believed to have been made homeless on Lombok island, with 236 severely injured

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. This handout picture taken on August 6, 2018 and released by Indonesia Water Police shows hundreds of people attempting to leave Gili Trawangan, north of neighboring Lombok island, a day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area. Handout photo by Indonesia Water Police/AFP

Indonesian Christian jailed for Facebook post 'insulting' Islam

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Aside from a 4-year prison sentence, the Medan District court orders 21-year-old university student Martinus Gulo to pay a fine of one billion rupiah ($70,000) or spend an additional 6 months in jail