Villagers relocated over mining activities

Manado, Ekuatorial – As much as 162 families of Ehe village, Bangka island, North Sulawesi, have approved mining activities in the region, meaning that they will soon be relocated to other region, said a villager, on Monday (10/11) “Around 95 percent have already sold their houses and lands to the company. It means that Ehe […]

Bandarlampung dodge water crisis through biopores, says activist

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Dealing with water scarcity, researchers with civil society in Lampung province pushing local people to implement biopores program, said an activist in Bandarlampung, on Tuesday (14/10). Biopores, or Biopori in Indonesian are small holes drilled into the ground, at least one meter deep, which would be able to absorb water into the […]

Thirty springs dried up, villagers in Mount Lawu face water crisis

Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Due to long dry season, water discharge in thirty springs in Mount Lawu, Central Java, have been decreasing, said an official on Monday (6/10), in Karanganyar district, Central Java. “This is the first time for water discharges in 30 springs in Mount Lawu are decreasing. [I find it] very ridiculous for water […]

Officials shut down illegal mining in Mount Lawu

Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Amid strong rejections from local villagers, officials on Tuesday (2/10) finally shutting down illegal mining in Karanganyar district, Central Java. On Sunday, local villagers have complained on mining activities in the slopes of Mount Lawu, especially to extract sands. They feared that the activities might trigger landslides and flash floods which will […]

Yogyakarta mapped out dry-season-affected areas

Yogyakarta, – The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) mapped out 24 sub-districts affected with water crisis as the result of drought. Head of the agency Gatot Saptadi said that 24 sub-districts comprised of 15 sub-districts in Gunung Kidul, four sub-districts in Bantul, four sub-districts in Kulon Progo and one in Sleman. “For Yogjakarta, […]

Illegal Mining in Mount Lawu threatened local villagers

Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Despite of protests from local villagers, illegal mining in Karanganyar district, Central Java were getting worse threatening not only their lives but also their homes, said a villager on Sunday (29/9). Located in the slopes of Mount Lawu, illegal miners have been plainly dispatching heavy machineries to extract sands. These miners, comprise […]

Mining moratorium for Donggala, says official

Donggala, Ekuatorial – Massive environmental destruction and heavy pressures from green activists prompted official of Donggala district, Central Sulawesi, to impose mining moratorium. “We are giving a month time, from Aug 21 to Sept 21, to all miners to immediately complete their permits and other related requirements,” said Syamsul Alam, head of Donggala Energy and […]

Government dig up volcanic covered spring for clean water in Klaten

Klaten, Ekuatorial – Emergency status over 34 villagers in Klaten, Central Java, prompted local aid disaster agency to dig up spring which had been covered by volcanic material resulted from the 2010 Mount Merapi erupsion. Sri Winoto, head of Klaten Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), said that the Bebeng spring, located in Glagaharjo village, Cangkringan […]

Water scarcity hit dry-season-affected-districts in Central java

Sragen/Boyolali, Ekuatorial – Dried up springs due to long dry season had forced most of Sragen villagers to consume dirty water, said a villager on Friday (19/9). Danuri of Dukuh village, Tangen sub-district, Sragen district, Central Java, said that they have been using water from ponds which was not clean. “Our wells were all dried […]