Last Updated: Monday, February 16, 2015

Landslide early warning system to be installed in Indonesia

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said it will install 20 landslide early warning system (EWS) units in regions across Java Island in Indonesia.

BNPB chairman Syamsul Ma’arif said it during the official opening of a EWS tower in Sumberejo village, Batur subdistrict, Banjarnegara regency.

The BNPB said in a recent report that landslides were natural calamities that resulted in the highest death tolls in Indonesia throughout 2014. Emergency was declared following a landslide in Java in December 2014.

"The number of landslide-related incidents reached 376 in 2014, up from 291 in 2012, and claimed 248 lives in 2014," BNPB said as quoted by the Jakarta Post on Sunday.