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Crowdsourcing of information will enhance disaster response: Observers

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25, 2020   /  09:32 am
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Residents wade in floodwater that has inundated their neighborhood in Sunda Kelapa, West Jakarta.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Indonesia has been experiencing frequent seismic activity as it sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin, making it one of the world’s most seismically active regions prone to tectonic and volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. In addition, man-made disasters such as urban flooding persist in many regions. Last year, Indonesia recorded 9,384 disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, land liquefaction and landslides, which left 684 people dead. This year, as of Sept. 3, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had recorded 1,944 disasters killing 272 people. Despite having frequent disasters, emergency preparedness among the public is still deemed lacking, experts have said. “People must realize that we are in disaster-prone areas, hence we should be aware of it, especially those livin...