A total of 2,341 natural disasters in 2017 killed 377 people and displaced around 3.5 million others, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said on Friday (29/12). (Photo courtesy of BNPB)
Natural Disasters Caused 377 Deaths and Dislocated 3.5m People in Indonesia in 2017
BY : TELLY NATHALIA
DECEMBER 30, 2017
Jakarta. A total of 2,341 natural disasters in 2017 killed 377 people and displaced around 3.5 million others, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said on Friday (29/12).
A total of 787 floods and 716 typhoons wreaked havoc across the archipelago this year, along with 614 landslides, according to Sutopo Nugroho, a BNPB spokesman.
"Around 99 percent of the disasters was caused by hydrometeorology," Sutopo said.
This year, more than 47,000 houses and 2,083 public buildings were damaged due to natural disasters. Landslides killed 156 people.
"From 2014-2017, landslides have been the most deadly disaster," Sutopo.
The province of Central Java has seen 600 natural disasters, while East Java saw 419 and West Java saw 316 similar events.
Sutopo said that according to data from the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), there were 6,893 earthquakes in Indonesia this year, 19 of which caused casualties.
Indonesia lies in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is home to 127 active volcanoes, though only two of them – Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra and Mt. Agung in Bali – have been on high alert for impending eruption this year.