Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Indonesian authorities on Thursday used helicopters to drop disinfectant on parts of the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged city of Palu, where thousands of decomposing bodies are still buried beneath once-thriving neighborhoods. The magnitude 7.5 quake and a subsequent tsunami razed swathes of the city on Sulawesi island on September 28. More than 2100 bodies have been recovered since ...

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Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped...

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Dinar was lucky to survive the Indonesian quake-tsunami that leveled her home. But she didn’t have much time to count her blessings — she was nine months pregnant and...

Fears of spreading diseases rise as more bodies recovered from Sulawesi quake-tsunami

Fears of spreading diseases rise as more bodies recovered from Sulawesi quake-tsunami

Rescuers picking through the grim aftermath of Indonesia’s quake-tsunami issued a fresh public health warning Saturday as more decaying corpses were unearthed from beneath...

UN warns of ‘vast’ relief needs as Indonesia quake death toll passes 1,400

UN warns of ‘vast’ relief needs as Indonesia quake death toll passes 1,400

by Harry Pearl Over 1,400 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, with UN officials warning needs are...

Central Sulawesi woman gives birth to triplets after escaping earthquake and tsunami devastation

Central Sulawesi woman gives birth to triplets after escaping earthquake and tsunami devastation

Amid the horror and devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, there was joy for one mother as she managed to get to safety to give birth to triplets.

Smoking Suwung: Bali trash fire burns on

Smoking Suwung: Bali trash fire burns on

Bali’s Suwung landfill has been burning since Monday afternoon. As of Thursday afternoon, smoke at the South Denpasar dump is still visible. There are two main factors making...

Indonesia’s quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected

Indonesia’s quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected

A malaria outbreak has infected at least 137 people in Indonesia’s West Lombok after the island was rocked by a series of earthquakes in recent months, an official said...

21 villages in Lombok remain isolated after 7.0 earthquake, clean water and electricity access big challenges

21 villages in Lombok remain isolated after 7.0 earthquake, clean water and electricity access big challenges

Getting aid to 21 villages that remain isolated, in desperate need of relief after a 7.0 earthquake rocked Lombok on Sunday is a challenging task, according to Indonesia’s...

Canned fish pulled from Bali shelves after food & drug agency finds worms in four brands

Canned fish pulled from Bali shelves after food & drug agency finds worms in four brands

After finding that 27 brands selling canned fish in Indonesia had an unsavory, unlisted ingredient of worms in some of their products, the country’s Food & Drug Monitoring...


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Coconuts Bali Health

The health section of Coconuts Bali covers a range of stories, many of them stemming from mosquito-borne diseases—developments within the ‘hottest’ tropical diseases (e.g. dengue, zika virus) on the island. Bali has invited the public to take up with the “War on Mosquitoes,” no joke. Those nasty little biters are responsible for so much sickness and suffering on this island. Though all disease carriers in Bali are not as deplorable as mosquitoes. The island is also struggling with rabies, which is most frequently transmitted from dog bites. And every now and then, the health section gets updated with stories on Bali’s questionable food and drug regulations, like a handful of harmful chemicals being found in cosmetics or street food, for example.