Disasters in Indonesia

2268 WordsFeb 19, 20189 Pages
Disaster, both natural and man-made, are increasing in their frequency and catastrophic impact in Indonesia. Natural hazards like landslides, avalanches, floods and debris flows can result in enormous property damage and human casualties in mountainous regions (Matternicht, 2005). Earthquake, flood, landslide, subsidence are only a few to mention (Walter et al., 2008; Abidin et al., 2009, Chini et al., 2008; US. Geology Survey, 2006; Tsuji et al., 2009). The term ‘natural disaster’ has been brought as a common vocabulary to our daily life as news bringing information on natural disaster is occurring in any parts of our planet recently. Planet Earth provides us with the air, food, warmth, and materials we need to thrive. But Earth can also generate catastrophic disasters, from tsunamis and landslides to tornadoes and wildfires, that kill people, damage the environment, destroy property, and disrupt normal life. Such disasters may be sudden and violent, like an earthquake or flood, or gradual, like drought or the spread of a deadly disease. Due to the lack or inadequate disaster prevention and mitigation strategies in Indonesia, the impact of disasters which they do occur is much greater than in other developed countries. Disaster detection and monitoring are essential aspect in disaster mitigation and it’s conventionally done by ground survey. Nowadays, remote sensing plays important role in disaster mitigation. The subsidence phenomena in Jakarta have been studied using
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