Over 3,000 Natural Disasters Hit Indonesia in 2021: BNPB

During the period from January 1 to December 28, 2021, Indonesia was recorded to have been hit by 3,058 natural disasters. As a country located in the pacific ring of fire and is prone to natural disasters, disaster management and mitigation are paramount.

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Illustration. Residents ruins of residential buildings after the 2021 Malang earthquake. (ACTNews/M. Ubaidillah)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) reported that, during the period of January 1 to December 28, 2021, Indonesia was hit by 3,058 natural disasters.

BNPB further explained that the natural disasters were dominated by wet hydrometeorological disasters. The natural disasters comprised 1,288 events of flooding, 791 incidents of extreme weather, 623 incidents of landslides, 265 incidents of forest and land fires, 44 incidents of tidal waves and abrasion, 31 earthquakes, 15 incidents of droughts, and 1 volcanic eruption. A total of 1,559 disasters struck Java Island alone.

The disasters resulted in 8,148.053 people being displaced, 665 fatalities, 94 missing persons, and 14,114 injuries.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Emergency Response Commander said the natural disasters that had occurred must trigger a common awareness among Indonesians. Disaster mitigation must continue to be encouraged to minimize casualties and material losses.

“Indonesia is vulnerable to various natural disasters. Hence, it is important to strengthen disaster mitigation,” said Kusmayadi, Wednesday (12/29/2021).

Kusmayadi continued, natural disasters can be predicted but cannot be stopped. Hence, ACT’s commitment as a humanitarian agency that is responsive to natural disasters remains strong. []