Another day, another unnecessary loss of lives: at least 28 people were killed and 7 are still missing on the small island of Tahuna, off Indonesia's Sulawesi, in the aftermath of ravaging Jan. 12 landslides caused by heavy rains and flooding.
At an alarming rate, Indonesia is replacing Bangladesh and India as the most disaster-prone nation on earth. Whenever the word "Indonesia" appears on the list of headlines on Yahoo news, chances are that another enormous — and often unnecessary — tragedy has occurred on one of the islands of this sprawling archipelago.
Airplanes are disappearing or sliding off the runways, ferries are sinking or simply decomposing on the high seas, and trains crash or get derailed at average rate of one per week. Illegal garbage dumps bury desperate communities of scavengers under their stinking contents. Landslides are taking carton-like houses into the ravines; earthquakes and tidal waves are destroying coastal cities and villages. Forest fires from Sumatra are choking huge areas of Southeast Asia.
The scope of disasters is unprecedented, and it absurd to discount them simply as the nation's bad luck, or to blame the wrath of the gods or nature. Corruption, incompetence and simple indifference by the ruling elites and government officials are mostly to blame. It is poverty, and a lack of public projects that kill hundreds of thousands of desperate Indonesian men, women and children. :((
-taken from Andre Vltchek