Friday, January 14, 2011

Wasior flash floods in Irian Jaya Indonesia

Flash floods that destroyed Wasior City, the capital of Wondama Bay District, West Papua, allegedly triggered by the illegal logging activities (illegal logging). Damage to nature there is the impact of excessive forest exploitation.

This was revealed by Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hassan in Jakarta, he said, signs of illegal logging are found in West Papua region, such as South Sorong and Wasior. Ministry of Forestry has been aggressively enforcing the law to combat illegal logging. Along with that, Zulkifli Hasan hopes more enterprising people to plant trees to minimize the potential for natural disasters. "Our job is to constantly planting trees, especially in the mountains to avoid the occurrence of natural disasters,"

Wasior Village, in Papua Flash Flood affected, look chaotic and messy, Saturday (9 / 10). At least 147 people dead and 66 missing and 800 injured, as data released by the Government. The government says that this is caused by high rainfall while the Forum for Environment (WALHI) assess flash flood in the City Wasior, Papua, was caused by the destruction of forests in the area of Bay County Wondama. Controversy about the causes of the disaster stuck. Environmental groups such as Forum for Environment life blamed illegal logging as a ringleader. In fact, WALHI claims to have evidence of the photographs the result of illegal logging of timber carried on flash floods.

If it floods in Wasior appeal was caused by illegal logging / illegal logging, the Indonesian government should fully investigate cases of illegal logging in Papua is in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Indonesia No. 41 of 1999 on forestry and the search party should be responsible upon the occurrence of this disaster. Indonesian police are expected to work objectively and not selective logging.

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