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From floods to earthquakes, 2021 brings slew of crises to Indonesia

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22, 2021   /  07:17 pm
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Rescuers search for survivors trapped in a collapsed building in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on Jan. 15, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the province.(handout/NATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE AGENCY / AFP)

It is still the first month of 2021, but Indonesia has already seen hundreds of natural disasters that have collectively claimed more than 100 lives as the peak of the rainy season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic complicate disaster mitigation efforts. As of Thursday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had recorded 185 natural disasters this year. Hydrometeorological hazards, including floods, landslides and whirlwinds, dominated the tally. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}}))}(); In addition to these hydrometeorological disasters, the country also saw two earthquakes that caused vastly...