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Jakarta Post

Disaster mitigation plan needed in infrastructure development

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 18, 2019   /  04:27 pm
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People make their way along a street full of debris after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, Sulawesi, on September 29, 2018. (AFP/Muhammad Rifki)

As a tropical country located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides. However, despite the high risk of such disasters, the country’s infrastructure development is not supported by a well-prepared mitigation plan, Khrisna Suryanto Pribadi, a professor at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), said during the 10th National Conference of Road Engineering in Jakarta on Nov. 5.   “We currently focus on post-disaster reconstruction and emergency response after a disaster instead of developing a mitigation plan for infrastructure development,” he said. Khrisna said it was time for Indonesia to step up its game in disaster mitigation measures in infrastructure as many public facilities such as roads and railway tracks were built in disaster-prone areas.  &nbs...