North Sulawesi’s Melonguane hit by 5.5-magnitude quake

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 rattled northwest of Melonguane, Talaud Islands, North Sulawesi, early on Tuesday, though no tsunami warning was issued, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). The quake, which struck at 00:25:57 Western Indonesia Time (WIB), was centered 185 kilometers northwest of Melonguane, at a depth of 185 kilometers, the BMKG noted on its official website. The quake was not significant enough to cause a tsunami. However, the BMKG has warned of potential aftershocks following the quake. A quake of magnitude 5.5 can cause considerable…

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Landslide buries eight illegal gold miners in West Sumatra

A landslide, triggered by torrential rains, killed eight illegal gold miners and injured eight others in South Solok District, West Sumatra Province. “Of the 16 victims, eight died, while eight others got injured,” Chief of the Emergency Section of the South Solok District Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Romi Aprijal, representing acting BPBD chief Richi Amran, stated on Monday night. The BPBD has retrieved all bodies of the eight gold miners identified as Yasril, Buyung, Yuniadi, Ijal, Siat, Nova, Pam De, and Catno. The injured were identified as Epi, Deri, Tomi,…

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Projected 49,682 Indonesian migrant workers to return home in Apr-May

Some 49,682 Indonesian migrant workers will return home from April to May 2021 since their work contracts have expired, according to Chief of the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN) Airlangga Hartarto. Hartarto, concurrently coordinating economic affairs minister, remarked that 24,215 Indonesian migrant workers have terminated their work contracts in April 2021 and another 25,467 in May 2021. The minister stressed on the importance of the government adopting precautionary measures against the repatriation of migrant workers through stringent health protocols that encompass necessitating them to conduct a…

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Indonesia joins list of nations assisting India respond to COVID-19

Indonesia has joined the list of countries that support India’s responses to the severe shortage of oxygen cylinders amid a dramatic surge in COVID-19 infections. To this end, through members of the Association of Indonesia’s Gas Industries (AGII), Indonesia has pledged to transport 3,400 oxygen cylinders to India. In the first phase, Indonesia had sent a consignment of 1,400 oxygen cylinders, Coordinating Minister for Economy Airlangga Hartarto noted in a press statement here Tuesday. “I laud the Industry Ministry, PT Samator Group as one of the AGII’s main members, and…

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Doctor recommends tips for safe vacationing during Eid amid pandemic

Professor of Lung, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI), Tjandra Yoga Aditama highlighted several measures that people can adopt to prevent COVID-19 infection while vacationing during Eid al-Fitr 2021. While traveling, people are advised to implement health protocols by always wearing masks, keeping their distance, washing their hands regularly, avoiding crowds, and reducing mobilization. “It must be our awareness that 3M (health protocols) and avoiding crowds as well as reducing mobilization is intended to protect ourselves,” Aditama noted in an electronic message here on Tuesday. The professor quoted a…

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Some 381,851 vehicles exited Jabodetabek until day-five of “mudik” ban

State-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk recorded 381,851 vehicles having departed from Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) to Java until fifth day of Eid al-Fitr homecoming travel or “mudik” ban on Monday. “The figure fell 33 percent as compared to the normal traffic of 570,288 vehicles,” PT Jasa Marga Corporate Communication & Community Development Group Head Dwimawan Heru noted in a written statement released on Tuesday. Heru remarked that 34.6 percent of the vehicles were headed in the east direction, 36.8 percent in the west…

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