A perfect storm: Indonesia braces for more disasters amid COVID-19, plane investigation

With the COVID-19 outbreak persisting nearly a year since it was first discovered in Indonesia, and in the midst of a massive airplane crash investigation, disaster response officials must gear up for the possibility of natural disasters as the country enters the peak of the rainy season. On the very same day that news broke about the sudden disappearance of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 off the coast of Jakarta on Saturday, a series of landslides in Sumedang, West Java wreaked havoc and devastated dozens of families, with at least 16 dead and 23 more still missing. Even before the airplane took off and plunged into the sea with 62 people on board mere minutes later, the flight was delayed for about an hour due to heavy rain. The real cause of the crash is still under investigation. Read also: Hunt for crashed Sriwijaya Air cockpit tapes suspended due to bad weather The cause of…

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  • disaster-mitigation COVID-19 Sumedang landslide SJ-182 extreme-weather BMKG BNPB

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