Ten more tsunami warning stations will be installed in the western and eastern coastal areas of Indonesia’s Bali resort island.


Palu city in Central Sulawesi province after the earthquakes and tsunami (Photo: VNA)

The installation of these warning stations could work with the private sector through enterprises’ social corporate responsibility programmes, said Dewa Putu Mantera, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Indonesia lies on the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

Throughout 2018, Indonesia was hit by a total of 11,577 earthquakes and several of them caused serious casualties.

The landslide in Suka Bumi in West Java, the earthquake in Lombok island, the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, the tsunami in the coastal area of Sunda killed at least over 3,000 people.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) of Indonesia has warned of potential natural disasters such as floods, landslides and whirlwinds as the Southeast Asian country is entering the peak of the rainy season.

The Indonesian government decided to spend 15 trillion rupiah (1.1 billion USD) from the State budget 2019 on natural disaster mitigation and forecasting, doubling that of the previous year. As much as 10 trillion rupiah will be spent on natural disaster response activities.

Source: VNA

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