Disaster agency predicts tough year for Indonesia

January 05, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) says a variety of natural disasters pose a potential risk to Indonesians this year. "More than 80% of disasters in Indonesia in 2013 will be hydro-meteorological," BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho predicted on December 27th. The country could face damage from floods, landslides, cyclones, droughts, forest fires, and tidal waves, Tempo quoted him as saying.

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    The Jakarta Post, meanwhile, reported that heavy storms earlier this week triggered flooding that inundated hundreds of houses and swamped hectares of farmland in three regencies -- West Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara, Aceh Besar in Aceh and Bojonegoro in East Java --forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

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