2016 Saw Most Natural Disasters in 14 Years: BNPB


DECEMBER 29, 2016

Jakarta. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, said on Thursday (29/12) that a total of 2,342 natural disasters occurred in 2016, which is the most in 14 years. This resulted in 522 people losing their lives and around 3 million being injured.

The number of recorded disasters this year increased by 35 percent compared to last year's 1,732. In comparison, there were 1,967 in 2014 and 1,674 in 2013.

Of this year's disasters, 92 percent were in the hydro-meteorology category, which includes landslides, floods and strong winds. Flooding was the most common, with 766 separate incidents, while landslides proved the deadliest with 188 people having lost their lives.

The earthquake that struck Pidie district in Aceh on Dec. 7 topped the list of deadliest quakes with 103 casualties.

The BNPB was successful in limiting the frequency of forest fires, suppressing up to 80 percent of threats compared to last year.

"Areas prone to forest fires such as Sumatra and Kalimantan have been managed well by the government. Additionally, there was no significant smog crisis this year, following one of the worst in 2015," BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"Overall, with the increasing frequency of disasters, mitigation and risk management must be heavily improved," he added.