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Deadly Tornado attacks on Indonesia

English.news.cn   2012-01-28 01:54:09            

by Cundoko Aprilianto

JAKARTA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- As rainy season is reaching its peak from mid-January to mid-February, tornado threat becomes more real amid storm and thunder.

Several cases of sunken ships and collapsed trees due to strong wind that claimed lives made headlines recently.

The latest was tornado attack on 23 regencies and cities throughout the country on Wednesday, claiming seven lives, injuring 51 people and damaging 1,012 houses.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, an official at the National Agency of Disaster Management (BNPB), said that the tornado was created by tropical cyclone Iggy in the Indian Ocean.

"It is only influence as Indonesia is not passed directly by the cyclone," he said.

Fatalities are those hit by collapsed trees, consisting of three people in the city of Purbalingga and one in Wonosobo of Central Java province, as well as one in Jakarta and two in Tabanan of Bali province

According to the Agency of Meteorology, tropical storm Iggy triggered strong wind with speed of more than 36 kilometers per hour and 4-6 meters wave in several waters of Indonesia.

People are urged to raise alertness as tornado risk still exists in various areas in Indonesia.

Previous incident on the rough sea occurred on Jan. 21, when a speed boat sank off Indonesia's Maluku province. Eleven passengers and crews were rescued, five were killed and four others remained missing.

Meanwhile, Ma'mur Hasanuddin, a member of parliament, said that following disruption on sea transportation due to strong wind and high wave, it is expected that it could affect food supply to certain areas in Indonesia.

He said that in the next several weeks, several areas should depend on their own food stock to fulfill their needs.

The impact of bad weather is already seen on food distribution in several areas.

He took example of queuing trucks carrying food staples in the last five days at Merak Port that connects the main islands of Java and Sumatra.

He also said that tourism in Bali and Lombok islands are disrupted by bad weather.

Hasanuddin said that the condition could last until the end of February or early March.

Editor: yan
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