Indonesia morning news for December 28

Indonesia morning news for December 28

Indonesia morning news

Thousands killed as Indonesia devastated by nearly 2,000 natural disasters in 2018
The devastating tsunami that smashed through villages and beach resorts along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, which left at least 430 dead just days before Christmas, was the latest of what seems like an endless chain of extreme natural events to hit the country this year.
— ABC News

Insurance claims expected to reach Rp 15.9t following tsunami
Insurers will have to pay out an estimated Rp 15.9 trillion (US$1.09 billion) in claims to policyholders affected by a tsunami that struck Lampung and Banten last week, according to insurance companies PT Maskapai Reasuransi Indonesia (REI) and PT Asuransi Maipark Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia raises alert level for Anak Krakatau
Indonesia yesterday ordered flights to steer clear of Anak Krakatau as it raised the danger alert for the erupting volcano to the second-highest level and widened a no-go zone around it, heightening fears of another natural disaster striking the tsunami-hit coastal areas around the Sunda Strait.
— The Straits Times

Not all bad in 2018: Indonesian economic review
It has not been all doom and gloom in the economy this year. Some sectors reported positive growth, particularly in the administration’s infrastructure drive, tax revenue and the booming digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

More cases of terrorism recorded in 2018: Police Chief
Police Chief General Tito Karnavian said cases of terrorism rose in number to 17 in 2018 from 12 cases in 2017.
— Antara News

Tsunami fears spark chaos in Indonesia town
Hundreds of panicked residents, many sobbing and clutching small children, tried to flee Sumber Jaya village Tuesday as word spread that another tsunami was about to smash into the shattered Indonesian community.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia keeps export taxes unchanged for crude palm oil, cocoa for January shipment
Indonesian trade ministry said Thursday that it has decided to keep export taxes for crude palm oil and cocoa bean unchanged for the shipment in January.
— Xinhua

20-meter mountain of waste piles up in Depok landfill, officials warn of possible collapse
The Cipayung landfill in Depok, West Java, has exceeded its maximum capacity, posing a danger to nearby residents, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Corboy & Demetrio Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Crash of Lion Air Flight 610
Corboy & Demetrio has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Lion Air passenger Sudibyo Onggo Wardoyo, 40, of Jakarta, Indonesia, who was killed in the crash of Lion Air Flight 610.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Passengers of ferry ships drastically drop after tsunami : Transportation Ministry
The Directorate General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation said that the number of passengers using Merak-Bakauheni ferry transportation dropped drastically after the tsunami hit Banten and South Lampung .
— Antara News

Slopes Collapse at Salatiga Toll Road a Week after Inauguration
Jakarta – The slopes at Km. 489 of the Salatiga-Kartasura toll road collapsed, eroded by rainwater. The toll road was just inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on December 20, or exactly a week ago, as part of the Trans Java Toll Road.

Indonesia tsunami survivors face another whammy as flood waters swamp homes
Just four days after the tsunami devastated homes in Serang in the Indonesian province of Banten, flood waters engulfed two villages in the regency on Wednesday (Dec 26), inundating about 200 homes and displacing 1,818 people.
— The Straits Times (video)

Lampung Police Open Post for Missing People due to Tsunami
The Lampung Police open a post for missing people due to the tsunami that hit the coastal area of Lampung.

Tsunami aid command posts face shortage of logistics
Numerous Sunda Strait tsunami victims` aid command posts along the coastal area in South Lampung, Lampung, face shortage of basic commodities — rice, eggs, instant noodles, and equipment
— Antara News

Indonesia needs rating agency for small credits
Indonesia, which has tens of millions of units of small business, needs to have a credit rating agency specially for micro, small and medium enterprises.
— Antara News

Up in smoke: Indonesia burns mountain of marijuana
A towering stack of marijuana that weighed a hefty 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) went up in smoke Thursday as Indonesian police lit up the pungent contraband.
— The Nation

News Focus – Tourists urged to temporarily avoid beaches by Andi Abdussalam
The Tourism Ministry has decided to temporarily stop tourism promotions for destinations affected by last weekend?s tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait, calling on tourists to avoid beaches during Christmas and New Year.
— Antara News

A look at Indonesia’s volcanic hot spots
Indonesia on Thursday (Dec 27) raised the danger alert level for the Anak Krakatau volcano amid signs of increased activity, after its eruption last weekend triggered a deadly tsunami. Flights around the volcano, which sits in between the islands of Java and Sumatra, were also redirected.
— The Straits Times

Satellite images show collapse of Indonesian island volcano
Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami.
— Intellasia

Indonesian Navy committed to improving Marine Corps’ capabilities
The Indonesian Navy expressed its commitment to enhancing the Marine Corps` combat capabilities, one of which being through modernizing the primary weapons defense system (alutsista), Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji remarked.
— Antara News

News Feature – Musi district government takes notable steps to help rubber farmers by Eliswan Azlypet
The golden age of legitimate rubber produced by the community in South Sumatra has faded, as the price of export commodities has plummeted in recent years.
— Antara News

World Hijab Day encourages women to voice their choice
World Hijab Day is all set to launch its 2019 campaign on Wednesday, aiming to encourage women to “voice their choice” of wearing the hijab, according to the founder of the annual event.
— Antara News

Floods inundate hundreds of houses in Lebak district
Floods swept through nine villages in Lebak district, Banten province, on Wednesday, inundating hundreds of houses.
— Antara News

Tiny Indonesian church prays for tsunami victims on Christmas day
A few dozen congregants gathered at a little church just outside Indonesia’s tsunami disaster zone on Christmas day to pray for the victims of the deadly disaster.
— Intellasia


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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