Best of our wild blogs: 3 Jan 19

Happy New Year from the Marine Park
Sisters' Islands Marine Park

Happy New Year with R.U.M.!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative

2019 Schedule for our FREE Guided Walks
Adventures with the Naked Hermit Crabs

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Indonesia: 90 percent of tsunami survivors in Lampung want to be resettled

Antara 1 Jan 19;

S Lampung, (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo ((Jokowi) said that nearly 90 percent of residents of Sebesi island in Lampung province, who survived the Dec 22, 2018 tsunami in Sunda Strait, want to be resettled to other areas.

"I just asked the Sebesi residents. In essence, they want to be resettled to higher ground. They all are no longer brave enough to live in coastal areas," he stated, after holding a dialog with survivors of the tsunami, on Wednesday.

The tsunami survivors of Sebesi Island are currently taking refuge in the Kalianda indoor tennis court in South Lampung district.

The president noted that they will be resettled on the same island.

"But they will live on higher ground on the island," he added.

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Indonesia: Floods, landslides to dominate 2019 amid continuing environmental damage

Karina M. Tehusijarana The Jakarta Post 2 Jan 19;

Flooding and landslides will remain the predominant type of disasters in Indonesia in 2019, a repeat of what happened in 2018 when thousands of natural disasters happened, a government disaster office has projected.

The last day of 2018 saw a fatal landslide in Sukabumi, West Java, which killed at least 15 as of the first day of 2019.

"We predict that in 2019, over 2,500 natural disaster will occur across Indonesia," National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Monday. "Hydrometeorological disasters such as floods, landslides and puting beliung [small tornadoes] will continue to dominate and make up about 95 percent of total disasters."

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