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Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, disaster information's main man, dies at 49

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 7, 2019   /   09:25 am
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, disaster information's main man, dies at 49 National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho presents a year-end report at a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday. (JP/Fachrul Sidiq)

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho passed away at 49 years old in Guangzhou, China, at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday after battling stage 4 lung cancer for the past two years.

His death was first announced by the agency's disaster risk reduction directorate on its official Twitter account @PRB_BNPB on Sunday.

"Bapak Sutopo Purwo Nugroho passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at around 2 a.m. Guangzhou time or 1 a.m. Indonesia time. We ask for your prayers for him," the tweet says.

The news was also confirmed by his eldest son, Ivanka Rizaldy, through his Instagram account @ivanka_rizaldy on Sunday.

"Tonight, a hero and my beloved father, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has returned to God while undergoing treatment in Guangzhou, China. To all friends and family, we ask for your forgiveness and prayers for Pak Sutopo. Thank you for everything that you have given me Pa, I will always pray for you," he wrote, alongside a family portrait.

Sutopo departed to Guangzhou in June to undergo treatment for his stage 4 lung cancer. 

Read also: When disaster strikes, keep calm and listen to ‘Pak’ Sutopo

Born in Boyolali, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 1969, Sutopo gained respect from the nation for providing the latest information on natural disasters on Twitter and Instagram, even when he was at the hospital for his chemotherapy.  

Prior to his departure, Sutopo had been actively updating the public with the latest information on disasters in the country through his Twitter account, @Sutopo_PN, which has more than 235,000 followers.