T+T provides Indonesia with Rapid Mapping support
(Left to right - Ridwan Yunus, Silvia Yulianti, B. Wishnu Widjaja and Bapon Fakhruddin)
When our principal early warning system expert, Bapon Fakhruddin was back in Indonesia last week, he was thanked personally by Deputy Minister, B. Wishnu Widjaja of the BNPB (Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure) for the support T+T provided after the Palu earthquake and tsunami.
From NZ, our team of experts was able to use spatial software to analyse satellite imagery to do rapid damage mapping and identify the extent of damage caused by the earthquake, tsunami, liquefaction and landslides immediately after the event to help the Indonesians respond to, and recover from the disaster.
After meeting with the key people from the BNPB and BMKG (Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency) Bapon said, “It’s very rewarding to support Indonesia again, after having helped them develop early warning systems after the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Indonesia is at the frontline of earthquake, tsunami and eruption and have a large population who are more vulnerable to these natural hazards – perhaps more than any other country in the world – so it’s great to be able to support them, despite them having a robust ability to be able to respond to disaster on their own.”