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Jakarta Post

Insight: Strengthening national preparedness for natural disasters

  • Philips Vermonte and Muhammad Habib A.D

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14 2019   /  12:30 am

Three large-scale natural disasters in Lombok, Palu and the Sunda Strait last year served as yet another reminder of the country’s vulnerability to disasters. The three devastating catastrophes claimed at least 5,846 lives, while economic losses reportedly reached Rp 38 trillion (US$2.7 billion), or more than 1 percent of the total state expenditure in 2018.Those figures are likely to increase dramatically considering the disasters have continued to strike in various magnitudes. During the first half of 2019 alone, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded 2,047 disasters, up by 15.4 percent year-on-year. Not to mention the impacts of natural disasters on the economy. The disaster in Maluku a few days ago is a case in point. After floods, land fractures and landslides in June 2019, an earthquake jolted Maluku late last month. Reconstruction and rehabilitation costs for th...