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Jakarta Post

Indonesia should be prepared for massive flooding: President

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 26 2011   /  08:30 am

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono has instructed governors to be prepared for massive floods in the near future, saying that Indonesia should learn lessons from the floods that have recently beset neighboring Thailand.

The President plans to issue a presidential instruction, known as inpres, that will outline steps that local governments should take to prevent floods and landslides in their respective areas.

“The regulation will require local governments to establish emergency posts so that we can respond to flood-related disasters quicker,” presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said on Friday.

Also on Friday, the president held a limited meeting with several ministers, governors and Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) officials to discuss preparations for significant floods that may hit the nation.

Among the ministers attending...