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Jakarta Post

Multiple disasters

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 16 2021   /  01:00 am
Rescuers search for survivors at a collapsed building in Mamuju city on January 15, 2021, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island. (Agence France Presse/Mawardi)

It would be no exaggeration to describe the past year as annus horribilis as a result of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a series of disasters marking the start of the new year, while the coronavirus continues to flex its muscles, it seems Indonesia must get ready for annus miserabilis. While still in a state of shock upon hearing about the Sriwijaya Air plane crash on Jan. 9, landslides hit the West Java town of Sumedang. The Boeing 737-500 with 62 people on board smashed into the Java Sea after a free fall from an altitude of 3,300 meters. The landslides were also fatal, with 24 dead bodies recovered and 16 still missing as of Thursday. Disaster continued to test the nation when two earthquakes shook West Sulawesi on Thursday and Friday, causing serious damage to houses and buildings, including the governor’s office which partially collapsed. Mamuju an...