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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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President Joko Widodo when reviewing the post-landslide management on Monday, at Sukajaya sub-district, Bogor, West Java, said that the government is preparing plant seedlings for landslide-affected areas in the region. President Joko Widodo also said that the utilization of these plants will increase public awareness of the environment and reduce the impact of landslides. To date, the government has planted as many as 13 thousand vetiver seedlings in Sukajaya. The planting has been carried out on an area of 1.8 hectares. Besides vetiver plants, the government also planted a number of other plant seeds such as durian and sengon which can be used economically by the communities. Therefore, president Joko Widodo hoped this efforts can reduce the potential of landslide disasters and provides economic benefits.

"We do not only do a physical approach in places where floods and landslides occur, but also related to vegetative. So it does not interfere and damage the existing system. For example in this Sukajaya prone region. The first stage we prepare approximately for 92 thousand plants, including plants that benefit the economic side. There are also plants that have function for ecological improvement and ecosystem improvement, namely vetiver, lemongrass which has 3-5 meters long roots. So we hope, with these two approaches we can solve the flood and landslides" President said. 

In addition to aiding the Sukajaya people of Bogor, West Java, President Joko Widodo said that the government is also paying attention to other regions which are prone to natural disasters, by emphasizing planting tree seedlings asanticipatory steps.  According to the president, in 2020, the government has budgeted 1.9 trillion rupiah for disaster prevention efforts throughout Indonesia. In addition to observing development efforts in landslide affected locations, President Joko Widodo also planted vetiver plant seeds together with the local people//Ndy/trs-yati


The Indonesian government has set aside nearly Rp1.9 trillion for a reforestation program across Indonesia this year, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed. "If I am not mistaken, the budget for all over Indonesia is Rp1.9 trillion. We have mapped the budget allocations for 2020," he said on the sidelines of his working visit to Pasir Madang Village, Sukajaya Sub-district, Bogor District, West Java Province, Monday.

A disaster mitigation program through reforestation will become a vegetative approach that the government will continue to launch in addition to a physical approach, the President said.

He called on residents living in landslide-prone areas to grow plants with clay roots such as vetiver.

The disaster mitigation program will be conducted not only in areas once affected by flood and landslide but also in areas that have the potential to be affected by a disaster, he said.

The government has prepared nearly 92 thousand seeds of plants to support a reforestation program in Sukajaya. The seeds include those of plants that have an economic value such as jengkol, durian, and petai trees and seeds of plants that have the function to improve the ecosystem such as veliver and sereh wangi.

"That is what we will always approach through the methods. Through the two types of approaches, we hope that the issue of floods and landslides can be resolved," he said.

He further appealed to residents to benefit from plants that have economic value and not to destroy landslide-preventing plants such as the vetiver.

Before visiting Pasir Madang, the President inspected the site of a landslide in Harkat Jaya Village, of Sukajaya, Bogor.

Torrential rains at the start of 2020 caused landslides in the sub-districts of Sukajaya, Nanggung, and Cigudeg and floods in the sub-districts of, Gunung Putri, and Jasinga.

The floods and landslides forced 14,010 residents in the four sub-districts to take refuge. Of the total, 922 came from Cigudeg, 9,925 from Sukajaya, 3,121 from Nanggung and 41 from Jasinga. (ANTARA)


The government has been commended for its decision to evacuate Indonesians from Wuhan, China's epicenter of the deadly new coronavirus outbreak, and send them for quarantine to a military compound in Natuna, Riau Islands Province.

"The government has made all necessary preparations in accordance with the World Health Organization's (WHO's) observation protocol at an Indonesian Military (TNI) military compound," Charles Honoris, a legislator, noted in Jakarta on Monday.

Honoris, a member of the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission I, overseeing security and foreign affairs, also lauded 42 members of the evacuation team and the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing that had been actively involved in the evacuation mission.

Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto stated that a total of 238 Indonesians were airlifted from Wuhan, while seven others remained in the Chinese city.

Four of the seven Indonesians refused to get evacuated since they felt more comfortable there, though they had been offered to join the emergency evacuation, while three others failed in the Chinese authorities' health examinations prior to departure, he stated.

The evacuation mission has demonstrated sound synergy and cooperation among related ministries and agencies, Honoris remarked, adding that this experience can serve as a good example while facing tough challenges in future.

Speaking in connection with the government's decision to suspend the free-visa facility for Chinese nationals and scheduled flights to and from Mainland China, he believes the right decision was taken since the safety of all Indonesians should remain a primary priority.

"May the current situation in China get better and the coronavirus outbreak soon be contained," he added.

On Sunday, President Joko Widodo held a limited meeting at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta with several cabinet members as well as national police and military chiefs following the evacuation of 238 Indonesians and five members of an advance team from China's Hubei Province.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told journalists following the meeting that the Indonesian government would have placed a temporary ban on flights to and from Mainland China since 00:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

All visitors, coming in from mainland China and been there for 14 days, were also temporarily banned from entering or making a transit in Indonesia, she noted.

In the interim, the government has also put a stop to the visa-free policy and issuance of visa on arrival for Chinese nationals residing in Mainland China. Indonesian nationals are advised to not travel to mainland China.

The limited meeting was held after the government airlifted 243 Indonesian nationals, including five members of an advance team, from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.

The new coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 304 people in China, and a 44-year-old resident of Wuhan, who had received medical treatment in the Philippines, according to the New York Times.

Garuda Indonesia has suspended its flights to and from China since Wednesday at 00:00 a.m. local time to support the Indonesian government's endeavors to halt the spread of coronavirus outbreak that has claimed at least 304 lives in China and one in the Philippines.

The decision to suspend the flight routes from several cities in Indonesia to China was also made by the Indonesian national flag carrier following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) recent declaration on Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The suspension was part of Garuda Indonesia's serious attention to precautionary measures being taken to avert the spread of the deadly virus, the airline's president director, Irfan Setiaputra, noted in a press statement that ANTARA received here on Sunday.

Garuda Indonesia prioritizes the safety of aviation as well as passengers and crew members, he remarked, adding that the suspension was made effective for the flight routes to and from the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, and Xi'an.

Currently, the airline serves 30 scheduled flights to and from mainland China in a week while its flights to and from Hong Kong are being served under stringent surveillance of related authorities, Setiaputra stated.(ANTARA)


Jakarta (VOI News) - Britain, on Friday 31 January 2020, fulfilled its promise to its people who had voted three years ago to leave the European Union. But that did not break Britain's commitment to continue implementing the Green Deal. This was revealed by the British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Owen Jenkins at a press conference, Friday 31 January 2020 at the British Embassy in Jakarta.

On the green deal, the United Kingdom has always been a leader on the transaction within the European Union and that won't change after we leave. We committed on the national basis to reach net-zero emission by 2050, we make more progress on cutting out emission than almost any other developed nations in the world and we will continue to do that. In doing so we will continue to use the element from the EU green deal so we will continue to take advantage of world-beating social development, innovation and tech progress that has been done by the UK and education establishment that we got. So I don't have any doubt on the UK will remain fully committed to that area,” said Ambassador Jenkins.

Climate change-based policies have grown the UK economy by more than 70% and reduced carbon emissions by more than 40% since 1990. (VOI/NK/trans by PUTRI)


Jakarta (VOI News) - Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi said in Jakarta on Friday (01/31/2020) that the evacuation effort of Indonesian citizens from Wuhan has entered the final process. Previously, President Joko Widodo had ordered his aides to immediately evacuate Indonesian citizens from Wuhan, Hubei Province which is being attacked by Coronavirus outbreak. Speaking before the journalists at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building, Minister Retno explained that she had met Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, Xiao Qian to discuss aircraft landing permits that would be used for the evacuation of Indonesian citizens.

In accordance with the president's instructions regarding the evacuation of our Indonesian citizens from Wuhan as soon as possible, the preparation for evacuation of the citizens from Wuhan is now in its final stages. This morning, I met the Chinese Ambassador in Jakarta, who had conveyed the landing clearance and movement of aircraft for the evacuation of Indonesian citizens from Hubei province. In this regard, we would like to express our appreciation for the cooperation that has been given by the Chinese government,” said Retno Marsudi.
Furthermore, Minister Retno Marsudi said that the aircraft that would be used to pick up Indonesian citizens in Wuhan would depart within 24 hours. She also ensured that the process of gathering Indonesian citizens spread across a number of points keeps being carried out (VOI / Ndy / AHM)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo held a limited meeting at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Sunday with a number of Cabinet Ministers and National Police and National Military Chiefs, following the evacuation of 238 Indonesians and five members of an advance team from China's Hubei Province.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a press conference following the meeting that the Indonesian Government will temporarily ban direct flights from and to Mainland China. The policy will take effect at 00.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

All visitors coming in from Mainland China, who had been there for 14 days are also temporarily banned from entering or having a transit in Indonesia, the Foreign Minister said.

The government is also stopping the visa-free policy and issuance of visa on arrival towards Chinese nationals residing in Mainland China for the time being. Indonesian nationals are asked not to travel to Mainland China.

The limited meeting came after the government airlifted 243 Indonesian nationals, including five members of an advance team, from Wuhan, and have them returned to the country.

They have arrived in Natuna and will undergo a 14-day observation period, joined by 42 personnel of the evacuation team.

"A total of 285 people will undergo observations. Up until now, Alhamdulillah (thank God), everyone is in healthy conditions," Marsudi stated.

She further said that the Ministry of Health team will establish an office in Natuna, where the Health Minister's spokesperson will actively provide updates from the grounds.

The limited meeting, led by President Joko Widodo, was attended by a number of cabinet officials, including Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi. National Military Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Force Chief Police General Idham Aziz also attended the meeting.

The Indonesian government has successfully evacuated 243 Indonesian nationals, including five members of an advance team, from China's Hubei Province, on Sunday, by using a Batik Air Airbus 330-300CEO wide-bodied aircraft belonging to Lion Air Group.

The evacuees and members of the team landed in Batam's Hang Nadim Airport in Riau Islands on Sunday morning for transit, during which they were transferred to another aircraft. They then departed to Natuna by boarding Hercules A-1315, Boeing AI 7304 and Boeing A 7306.

They are due to be quarantined in Natuna for 14 days before returning to their families. (ANTARA)


The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

"The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

At least 213 people have died from the virus in China.

The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries, but no deaths. Most cases have emerged in people who have travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.

Coronavirus Outbreak


  • 59% was the average age of those infected
  • 89% were not hospitalised until at least five days of illness
  • 56% of cases were men
  • 55% of cases diagnosed before January 1 linked to seafood market 
  • Data based on the first 425 cases confirmed in Wuhan. 
    Source: The New England Journal of Medicine 

Polio, 2014 - Although closer than ever to eradication in 2012, polio numbers rose in 2013. An emergency was declared due to fears the global fight against its eradication could face a major setback.

Zika, 2016 - The WHO declared Zika a public health emergency in 2016 after the disease spread rapidly through the Americas. Although for many Zika symptoms are mild, it can be dangerous for pregnant women and the emergency was called to spur urgent research.

Ebola, 2014 and 2019 - The first emergency over the virus lasted from August 2014 to March 2016 as almost 30,000 people were infected and more than 11,000 died in West Africa. The WHO cited "the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems" in affected countries. A second emergency was declared last year as an outbreak spread in DR Congo.

Swine flu, 2009 -The H1N1 virus spread across the world in 2009, killing more than 200,000 people, and a public health emergency was called to ensure the world was carefully monitoring its spread and able to respond, including with vaccines.

However, there have been eight cases of human-to-human infection - in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.

Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, Dr Tedros described the virus as an "unprecedented outbreak" that has been met with an "unprecedented response".

He praised the "extraordinary measures" Chinese authorities had taken to prevent it from spreading and said there was no reason to limit trade or travel to China, adding: "Let me be clear, this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China".

But various countries have taken steps to close borders or cancel flights in recent days, and companies like Google, Ikea, Starbucks and Tesla have closed their shops or stopped operations.


Preparing other countries

Analysis by James Gallagher, Health and science correspondent 

What happens if this virus finds its way into a country that cannot cope? Many low and middle income countries simply lack the tools to spot or contain it. The fear is it could spread uncontrollably and that it may go unnoticed for some time.

Remember this is a disease which emerged only last month and yet there are already 7,736 confirmed cases in China and 12,167 suspected ones.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa - the largest in human history - showed how easily poorer countries can be overwhelmed by such outbreaks. And if novel coronavirus gets a significant foothold in such places then it would be incredibly difficult to contain.

We are not at that stage yet - 99% of cases are in China and the WHO is convinced the country can control the outbreak there. But declaring a global emergency allows the WHO to support lower and middle income countries to strengthen their disease surveillance and prepare them for coronavirus cases.

How unusual is this declaration?

The WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern when there is "an extraordinary event which is determined… to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease".

It has previously declared five global public health emergencies:


How is China handling the outbreak?

A confirmed case in Tibet means the virus has now reached every region in mainland China. According to the country's National Health Commission, 9,692 cases have tested positive.

Although questions have been raised about transparency, the WHO has praised China's handling of the outbreak. President Xi Jinping has vowed to defeat what he called a "devil" virus.

The central province of Hubei, where nearly all deaths have occurred, is in a state of lockdown. The province of 60 million people is home to Wuhan, the heart of the outbreak.

The city has effectively been sealed off and China has put numerous transport restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus.


People who have been in Hubei are also being told by their employers to work from home until it is considered safe for them to return.


The virus is affecting China's economy, the world's second-largest, with a growing number of countries advising their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the country.


How is the world responding?


Voluntary evacuations of hundreds of foreign nationals from Wuhan are under way, and the UK, Australia, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand are expected to quarantine all evacuees for two weeks to monitor them for symptoms and avoid any contagion.


Australia plans to quarantine its evacuees on Christmas Island, 2,000km (1,200 miles) from the mainland in a detention centre that has been used to house asylum seekers.


Countries with diagnosed cases have been keeping patients in isolation. Other recent developments:


  • Italy suspended flights to China after two Chinese tourists in Rome were diagnosed with the virus; earlier 6,000 people on board a cruise ship were temporarily barred from disembarking after a Chinese passenger was suspected of having the virus but tests came back as negative
  • In the US,Chicago health officials have reported the first US case of human-to-human transmission; and around 200 US citizens have been flown out of Wuhan and are being isolated at a Californian military base for at least 72 hours
  • Russia has decided to close its 4,300km (2,670-mile) far-eastern border with China in an attempt to prevent contagion
  • Flights to take British and South Korean citizens out of Wuhan have both been delayed, after relevant permissions from the Chinese authorities did not come through
  • Two flights to Japan have already landed in Tokyo. Three passengers have so far tested positive for the virus, Japanese media report
  • Two aircraft are due to fly EU citizens home, with 250 French nationals leaving on the first flight
  • India has confirmed its first case of the virus - a student in the southern state of Kerala who was studying in Wuhan
  • (BBC)

A flash flood submerged hundreds of homes in Sempol Village, Ijen Sub-district, Bondowoso District, East Java Province, on Wednesday.

Muddy floodwaters inundated Sempol after unremitting torrential rains in the Mount Suket area in Jampit, Kukuh Triyatmoko, head of the Bondowoso disaster mitigation office, stated.

Floodwaters and mud, reaching a height of nearly 30 centimeters, submerged some 200 homes in Sempol, he noted.

"Some 200 homes are estimated to have been affected by the flooding, but we are yet collecting precise data. No reports of casualties have, so far, been received," he remarked.

The flooding was triggered by downpour lashing over two hours in the upstream Mount Suket area, near a coffee plantation.

Indonesia is currently experiencing wet rainy season after being hit by prolonged drought that has resulted in a water crisis in several provinces.

In Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, six people lost their lives, while three went missing in flash floods, according to the Central Tapanuli Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD). Flooding due to torrential rain submerged seven villages in Barus Sub-district, Central Tapanuli District, North Sumatra, on early Wednesday morning.

The flooding also caused injuries to 22 people and inundated some 700 homes, Agus Haryanto, Secretary of the Central Tapanuli BPBD, confirmed on Wednesday.

"The latest data indicated that six people died, while three were declared missing. The dead victims are yet being identified," he noted.

The flood-affected villages were Kampung Mudik, Pasar Terandam, Bungo Tanjung, Kinali, Ujung Batu, Batu Gerigis, and Padang Masiang.

Evacuation posts and health posts have been established in the district to handle residents affected by the natural disaster.

Meanwhile, in Batanghari District, Jambi Province, at least 16 villages were inundated, as the Batanghari River overflowed its bank since the past one week.

"Some 16 villages in six sub-districts are affected by the flooding," Samral, secretary of the Batanghari Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD), stated on Wednesday. (ANTARA)


The Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung, West Java, confirmed that the two patients undergoing treatment in its isolation rooms had not contracted the Wuhan coronavirus.

President Director of RSHS Nina Susana Dewi stated here on Thursday that the hospital had received the result of the laboratory check on samples of the two patients conducted by the Research and Development Agency of the Health Ministry.

"Officially, the RSHS has received the result of the checkup conducted on HG (a Chinese national) and HA (a resident of Bandung) that showed they tested negative for the disease," she revealed.

HG has already receive hospital discharge, as his condition improved. HG was suffering from acute upper respiratory tract infection.

"We have to be prudent to announce the result of the test. Mr HG has been discharged from the hospital after his condition improved," Dewi stated.

Meanwhile, Yovita Hartantri, head of the hospital's special infection team, noted that another patient HA had yet to be released from the hospital and is under medical observation, although he had not contracted coronavirus.

"He is in stable condition, with no fever, and there is noticeable improvement in the thorax x-ray. However, he still requires to undergo medical treatment in the isolation room," Hartantri stated.

A Chinese national, identified by his initials as HG, 35, had exhibited symptoms of influenza and acute upper respiratory tract infection. The patient was referred from the Cahya Kawaluyaan Hospital in Padalarang District, West Java.

HG was placed in an isolated room, as he had earlier paid a visit to China. The city in China that he had visited is some 1,300 kilometers away from Wuhan, the ground zero of the outbreak.

Another patient HA, 24, is a Bandung resident symptomatic with acute lower respiratory tract infection. HA had visited Singapore recently.

As of Thursday, coronavirus had claimed the lives of 170 people in China. At least 18 countries that reported the case comprise Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, the United States, Cambodia, Nepal, Canada, Sri Lanka, France, Vietnam, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and Finland. (ANTARA)



The Indonesian Air Force has readied three aircraft for the evacuation of Indonesians from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

"We have readied two Boeing 737 and a C130 Hercules. The move is based on the result of our meeting two days ago with the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs; Health Ministry; and Foreign Affairs Ministry," a spokesman of the Indonesian Air Force Air Commodore Fajar Adriyanto stated here on Wednesday.

The Air Force has also readied personnel from its health battalion, equipped with necessary medical equipment, he noted.

However, the Air Force awaits further instruction from the Foreign Affairs Ministry over the permit from the Government of China, as Wuhan has been on lockdown since January 23 to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

"We are still waiting for the Foreign Affairs Ministry on whether they can obtain the permit from China. The Air Force is ready," Adriyanto stated.

He could not as yet confirm the number of Indonesians to be evacuated from ground zero of the outbreak, though stating that each aircraft can take 100 to 200 Indonesians.

"We have also prepared equipment for the crews to prevent transmission of the virus. Their food must be monitored and would be under quarantine upon their arrival," he stated.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has recorded 243 Indonesians in China’s Hubei Province, of which 100 are in Wuhan City.

As of Wednesday morning, the death toll in the coronavirus outbreak has reached 132 in China, while 103 patients received hospital discharge.

According to the local authority, 5,997 people in China had contracted the 2019-nCov, including eight in Hong Kong, seven in Macau, and eight in Taiwan.

Some 9,239 other people were suspected of having been infected by the virus, and one new case was found in the Autonomous Region of Tibet in the southwest of China.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Japanese and Americans were airlifted out of Wuhan, with Australia to follow suit. (ANTARA)

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