Thursday, October 7, 2010

Flood in Wasior, West Papua

Heavy rainfall in West Papua on Monday has flooded the town of Wasior, Teluk Wondama district, causing the death of almost 100 people and many others missing.

Please find below a related article that I have quoted from Kompas.

Various TV stations have quoted officials of environmental organizations i.e. Walhi and Greenpeace, as saying that the most possible cause of the flood is massive deforestation that has been going on for so many years in the province.

Kamis, 7 Oktober 2010 | 14:03 WIB
 
A picture shows the aftermath of deadly flooding caused by torrential downpours in Teluk Wondama, Indonesias West Papua on October 5, 2010. At least 56 people were killed and 24 remain missing after the flash floods.
 
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The death toll from flash floods in a remote region of eastern Indonesia has climbed to at least 97 with dozens of people still missing, an official said Thursday. Rescue workers were still searching for survivors from floods which hit West Papua province’s Teluk Wondama district on Monday following torrential downpours, a rescue official said.

“At least 97 people were killed and more than 800 people were lightly and badly injured,” Papua search and rescue official Mochamad Arifin told AFP. “We are still searching for dozens of missing people,” he said.

Those killed had reportedly drowned and been swept away by the powerful waters along with uprooted trees, rocks and debris. Experts warned such events will become more common in the archipelago due to a combination of climate change, land conversion and logging, which can contribute to landslides and flash floods after monsoonal downpours.


Indonesia’s climatology agency said most parts of Indonesia had experienced torrential rains, strong winds, high waves and flooding due to extreme weather this year.

11 comments:

Yari NK said...

Harry, I'm sad to hear that the extreme whether has claimed lives again. After el niño and la niña that brought unusual weather conditions a decade ago now we face another weather abnormality. I don't know whether this abnormality is somewhat caused by human carelessness to their own environment or not butI hope no more lives will be claimed by such extreme weather in the future.

DS. Utomo said...

The global warming is producing climate changes. So we should be careful and try to reduce it by totally "green" campaign !

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colson said...

Nature has been kind to Indonesia. But also had a lot of lethal threats in store. On a daily basis somewhere in the archipelago small and huge disasters take place: earthquakes and tsunami's, Volcano's eruptions, "extreme weather".

This is another tragedy. And perhaps partly a man made one. Pity on the casualties and their families. If authorities factually didn't act according to their responsibility in connection with logging, they should be held accountable.

julicavero said...

wow..that's very terrible.. :(

Ferdinand said...

aku turut prihatin atas bencana yg menimpa wasior itu ..... sampe 80% kota mati dan gak berfungsi.. meyedihkan.... dan ironisnya itu hasil pembalakan hutan..... smoga gak terjadi lagi....

happy blogging n sukses slalu

Motorcycle Accessories said...

In the archipelago of small and large disasters occur: Earthquake and tsunami, volcanic eruption, "said weather extremes".

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

setelah berita ramai akibat ulah manusia. kini alamnyg ambil giliran. negara kita sedang diuji. moga tuhan ngasi kita ketabahan.

H. Nizam said...

@Yari,
I am glad to see you back on the blogosphere.
The weather abnormality in our country, the latest one in Wasior is very saddening indeed.
Let's hope a serious investigation would be carried out to find out whether massive deforestation is the main cause.

@P'Utomo,
If you meant by total "Green" campaign is to make central and local government officials, members of parliament aware and care about the need to save our nature, I agree with you Pak.

@Veronika,
Terima kasih banya atas kunjungan, penawaran menarik serta situs yang telah dibuat untuk saya.
Saya tertarik dengan program anda untuk itu saya akan kunjungi web site yang sebutkan.

@Colson,
A devote religious person would say that many Indonesians are not so grateful with what nature has given to us, that we seemed not to care much.

@Julicavero,
Yes very terrible indeed.

@Ferdinand,
Sangat memprihatikan keadaanya.
Semoga untuk selanjutnya izin pengelolaan lingkungan perlu diperketat.

@Motorcycle Accessories,
Beside all the beautiful things that nature has given to us, there are disasters we have to face.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Semoga Tuhan memeberikan kekuatan bagi kita untuk menghadapi bencana alam.

Ribka said...

kenapa sekarang semua orang lebih heboh ngomongin sepak bola yg kalah telak daripada bencana ini? :(

H. Nizam said...

Halo Ribka,
Mungkin kalau bicara tentang bola lebih santai.