Care for the sick tests Indonesia's health

The following article is quoted from UPI-AsiaOnline. Ripped off from Irene’s Facebook link to the article. Rangga, a 4-month-old boy weighing only 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds), was diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition by the local doctor in the West Java town of Kedaton, Indonesia, and was referred to Arjawinangun Hospital in Cirebon Regency for further treatment. The request for treatment was rejected by the hospital, however, and the child was taken home. The reason given for denying treatment was thatRead more

This is why I love Jakarta

Any other major metropolitan city of 15+ million residents have two full days of scheduled blackouts or am I full of White Whine today? Dear all, We have been informed by PLN that electricity will be cut off at various times around Jakarta in the next few days. Here is the schedule for Kelapa Gading: Friday, February 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. *PLN is the sole electric company forRead more

Powerful quake strikes Indonesia – felt in Jakarta and Singapore

Although we’re fine here in Jakarta, this brings back memories from the Asian Tsunami. I live only two miles from the ocean, and barely above sea level. JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 in magnitude has struck near southern Indonesia, sending employees fleeing into the street and triggering a small tsunami. art.quake.ap.jpg Companies have ordered immediate emergency evacuations. Brian Shiro of the National Oceanic and Atmopheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami measured about twoRead more

Further perspectives on the flooding (via Ian's blog)

My friend, Ian, has shared his flooding experience on his blog. He had a bit of a different situation than I did, as he waited around another day before leaving Kelapa Gading – in the relative safety of a military truck versus the manure hauler we cruised in. Several of our friends houses and cars were damaged and we were inconvenienced somewhat but 1000’s of people lost everything – and as is typical in the developing world – it isRead more

How to help Jakarta's flood victims?

Some people have written me, asking how they could help some of the victims of the flood. It may be hard to believe, as not that many people lost their lives; but so many families have lost everything in the flood. Unfortunately, those people who lost everything are also the ones that would never have had insurance or some kind of safekeeping for their belongings. At minimum, I was able to put our important things on the second story ofRead more