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Jakarta Post

Natural disasters from a gender perspective

  • Indraswari

Kuala Lumpur   /   Wed, October 14 2009   /  01:34 pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Sumatra, leading to massive destruction in the provincial capital Padang and surrounding areas. More than 800 people are confirmed dead and thousands missing. Earlier, on Thursday, Sept. 3, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck West Java. At least 57 people were killed, 116 severely injured and 422 left with minor injuries from the powerful quake centered off the coast of Tasikmalaya that was also felt in Jakarta, Lampung and Bali (The Jakarta Post, Sept. 4, 2009). The above earthquakes are neither the first nor the last ones in Indonesia, as scientists warn that Indonesians must prepare for strong earthquakes in the future. In fact, human beings have been at the mercy of natural disasters since the beginning of time. The last two earthquakes as well as other natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, ...