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Jakarta Post

Indonesia and the great challenge of natural disasters

  • Yansen

Bengkulu   /   Tue, November 2 2010   /  10:10 am

Indonesia has become a land of tragedy. Just after the flood tragedy in Wasior, West Papua, an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra. While we were still shocked by those disasters, Mount Merapi erupted. Hundreds of people have been killed in the recent calamities. Natural disasters have become a great challenge for Indonesians.There are two impacts of disasters: Economically and psychologically. In terms of Indonesia’s
economy, natural catastrophes damage property and stop economic activity, which consequently result in significant financial loss for the people. Furthermore, the series of natural disasters create more burden on the national budget to finance post-disaster rehabilitation. On a macro scale, the increase of natural disasters in this country directly multiplies the number of people living in poverty.It is not only financially frightening; nat...