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Indonesia wasted aid money to detect tsunami

In Indonesia on 03/10/2018 at 4:29 am

Remember a few yrs ago, it was reported that S’pore funded systems to detect or monitor forest fires in Riau were not maintained by the Indonesian authorities?

Well it now seems a tsunami warning system was not repaired or maintained by the Indonesian authorities.

Talking about the recent Palu tragedy (“The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347, disaster response officials say.”) the BBC reported

Could more lives have been saved?

It’s possible, as Indonesia does actually have a more advanced tsunami warning system, including a network of 21 buoys which would have dispatched advance warnings based on data gathered by deep sea sensors.

However none of these buoys – donated by the US, Germany and Malaysia after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed nearly a quarter of a million people – are working. Some have been damaged by vandals and others have been stolen.

A replacement system has been delayed due to a lack of funds.

Because of this the BMKG predicts post-earthquake tsunamis using a modelling system based on the earthquake depth and magnitude.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45663054

Sad.

“Government in general, any government anywhere, is a thing of exquisite comicality to a discerning mind.”
―from NOSTROMO (1904)

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