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Disaster response still fragile in RI: Humanitarian report

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 30 2009   /  08:46 am

Disaster reponse by the government and humanitarian workers is still below the United Nations’ minimum standard, a report said.

The 2008 Indonesia Humanitarian Forum report said the poor responses happened amid a sharp decrease in the number of fatalities from disasters during 2008.
“We found that disaster response management in Indonesia does not yet fully comply with the minimum standards set by the UN, which is called the Sphere,” Hening Parland, the Indonesia Humanitarian Forum executive director, said Thursday.
The forum conducted a study — based on media analysis from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2008 — and found that the government and humanitarian institutions only applied some of the Sphere standards.
The Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response was first launched in 1997 by humanitarian NGOs, the R...