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15
October

Bajuin Waterfall - South Kalimantan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KSMtour

 

 

Bajuin Waterfall is located in Sungai Bakar Village, Pelaihari District about 10 kilometers from Tanah Laut Regency or 75 kilometers from Banjarmasin, the provincial capital of South Kalimantan. During the trip to the natural tourist area of Bajuin, you will be presented with a beautiful natural panorama in the form of green hills and expanses of rice fields around the hills. Arriving at this tourism area, you have to pass through the gate. From the gate the journey continues by foot, climbing through the stairs, which takes about 40 minutes to the waterfall. However, if you cannot climb the path to the waterfall, you can enjoy lake panorama of Telaga Alam. You can take a bathe or just take pictures in this lake. 

Bajuin has the charm of a beautiful waterfall and the air is very cool and fresh, because many trees grow around this area. In this location there are actually four waterfalls with different heights. The nearest waterfall has 25 meters high, the second waterfall is about 17 meters high, the third waterfall is about 37 meters high, and the fourth waterfall is about 18 meters high. In these four waterfalls you can take a bathe and take fun photos. Because this waterfall is located in the Meratus Forest, you can also do natural ecotourism activities, such as trekking, climbing, and hiking.

After enjoying the coolness and freshness of Bajuin Waterfall, you don't have to go home immediately, you also can visit to Marble Cave near the Waterfall site. This cave has its own uniqueness, which is on the walls of the cave there are many marble stones that are used for home tiles. The shape of the cave is unique, like a mosque dome. 

15
October

Central Java Governor - Ganjar Pranowo                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VOI-NK

 

Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo said that the Central Java provincial government is preparing for a potential tsunami on the southern coast of Java with various contingency plans as well as outreach and education to the people in the area. This was done based on the earthquake activity recorded from various sources including the Meteorology, Climatology, Geophysics Agency, BMKG. The signs of a tsunami have been known to have potential in the Indian Ocean through research some time ago, which then raised questions regarding the megathrust in the Indian Ocean covering the central and southern parts of Java. So it is important to pay attention to these danger zone areas. This was said by Ganjar Pranowo, during a virtual discussion on Disaster Risk Reduction Month Commemoration, as reported by Antara in Jakarta, Monday (12/10)

Governor Ganjar Pranowo said that the readiness to face a tsunami on the south coast of Java was not sufficient only with contingency plans and socialization, but also preparation of evacuation routes and temporary shelters. These efforts are being prepared, including in areas that have been mapped, including Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo and Wonogiri. The Governor said there were more than 600 thousand people threatened by a tsunami in the four regions.

On the other hand, education for the local community is also an important point in disaster preparedness. Take for example in Japan, the damage caused by the tsunami can be minimized by the presence of many trees. This has been monitored in Kebumen where there are Sea Pine or Shrimp Pine trees that have grown lush and tall. According to Governor Ganjar, if the areas in the southern part are planted with lots of trees, this might be help prevent the worse impact of the tsunami. Furthermore, the Governor said, tsunami disaster mitigation also includes an alarm that functions when the system receives information or warnings.

15
October

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Amid the protests against Omnibus Law - Job Creation Law in Indonesia during the pandemic, the emergence of new clusters is worried. The good news is that the phase 3 clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine enters the final phase. In Indonesia, there is yet any report about vaccine volunteers experiencing illness because of the vaccine. Many then hoped the vaccine could suppress Covid-19 virus that had spread in almost every country in the world.

Meanwhile, amid the hope of successful vaccine development, Johnson and Johnson from USA on Monday, October 12, announced that some of their 60,000 volunteers caught illness, and they delayed the next process that had entered the final phase. As quoted from CNN, the delay does not mean stopping the vaccine test, but it will be material for another research for US doctors. The researchers are reviewing the vaccine tests and examining the vaccine sample. This happened in England in September. However in INdonesia, so far miraculously, there is yet any sign to stop or review the vaccine from China that is still under the 3rd phase test jointly done with Indonesian state-owned pharma company PT Bio Farma.

About Covid-19 vaccine procurement, Indonesia had ordered three types of vaccine for the people. Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Wiku Aidsasmito said that the government's move by purchasing three different vaccines that haven't passed the 3rd phase of clinical test had been previously consulted with health experts. According to Wiku, until now there is yet any report that the three vaccine types cause any negative effect that harms the user. If the vaccine did not pass the clinical test, then Indonesian government had anticipated it by terminating the purchase as written in the purchasing contract.

Truly, Covid-19 vaccine procurement is a main thing for Indonesian people considering the health experts predicted that the pandemic can continue for until the next two years. Research is also developed after the emergence of virus mutation. Besides that, if the purchase is done after the test, the price will surely soar. 

Besides purchasing vaccines, Indonesian vaccine producers with health experts and researchers are trying to find alternative cures for Covid-19. Indonesian Ulema Council MUI and health experts also had left for China to observe the production and test the halal aspect of the vaccine that will be injected to Indonesian citizens, considering most of them are Muslim. Besides that, Indonesian government had prioritized early vaccination programs for medical apparatus and security personnel who stayed in the frontline against Covid-19.

13
October

International Disaster Risk Reduction Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UNDRR

 

 

October 13th, the world commemorates International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 13 as the anniversary to encourage communities and governments to take part in building societies that are resilient to natural disasters. Indonesia is one of the countries, which lies in the Ring of Fire, which is an area that often experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that surround the Pacific Ocean basin. Thus, Indonesia is often hit by natural disasters related to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including hydro-meteorological disasters or natural disasters such as floods, landslides and wind storms.

Indonesia commemorates International Disaster Risk Reduction Day by setting October every year as Disaster Risk Reduction Month. The Indonesian people are reminded to be always aware of natural disasters. Experience shows that natural disasters may occur not only because of natural phenomena, but also because of the damaged ecosystem that’s continuously and extensively exploited, including global warming and climate change. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency -BNPB recorded 2,131 disasters from January to September 2020 throughout Indonesia. BNPB noted that 99% of the disasters that occur were hydro-meteorological disasters. In addition, there were forest and land fires. The disaster not only claimed casualties, injuries and property, but also displaced more than 4 million people.

Such large numbers should remind the residents that Indonesia has experienced and will always experience disasters at present and in the future. Even every year, the trend of the number always increases. How big or small the impact of a disaster depends on the resilience of the Indonesian people in dealing with the disasters. Resilience can be achieved if all related stakeholders co-work altogether without blaming each other. The central government, regional governments and all levels of society must work hand in hand in mitigating and managing the disaster risks. Because the natural phenomena and the disasters that may occur do not recognize boundaries. The commemoration of Disaster Risk Reduction Day should remind everyone of this need.