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Searching through the air has no result yet. Cloudy and thick clouds since Sunday (7/7/2019) morning hampered the search over the air., Jayapura – The search for MI 17 helicopter belonging to the Army Aviation Center by land and air has produced no result until Sunday (7/7/2019) afternoon, the tenth day since the chopper was reported to have lost contact shortly after taking off from Oksibil Airport in Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua, on June 28, 2019.

“The joint team conducted the search in Kampung Bulangkop and Kampung Tangen, but it has produced no result,” Deputy Chief of Information for the Cenderawasih military command Lt. Col. Inf Dax Sianturi said here on Sunday regarding efforts by the land team to conduct te search in Kampung Bulangkop, Okaom District, Pegunungan Bintang District and Tangen Village, Airu sub District, Jayapura District..

Searching through the air has no result yet. Cloudy and thick clouds since Sunday (7/7/2019) morning hampered the search over the air.

Initially the team planned to fly two Army helicopters, one civil aviation helicopter, one Air Force CN 235 MPA aircraft to conduct the search, but finally only one aircraft could fly.

“Only one search flight can be done,” Dax Sianturi said.

Heli Bell 412 with Registration Number 5185 was used to observe the Sentani-Lereh-Sentani route on Sunday. “The helicopter landed at Lereh to wait for the clearer weather while refueling,” he said.

Meanwhile, two other helicopters which were on standby at Oksibil Airport, Pegunungan Bintang District, were forced not to fly because thick clouds and fog filled the Oksibil sky from morning to evening.

“Similarly, the CN 235 MPA aircraft was planned to conduct a search on the Sentani-Oksibil-Sentani route,” Dax Sianturi said.

Because the weather has not been going better, according to him, air search was stopped at 3:00 p.m. local time and will resume on Monday (June 8).

“The search process by land is finished at 4:00 p.m. local time and will be continued tomorrow,” he said.

As of Sunday at 4:00 p.m. local time, the team was searching by air or land had not found any signs of the missing helicopter carrying 12 people while flying on June 28, 2019. (alf)

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Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii., Jakarta – Nearly 20 thousand skeletons of Japanese soldiers who died during World War II are still buried in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii has claimed.

The figure was based on data released by the Japanese government, but the exact number will certainly depend on the results of a further study in the field, he said, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian government on extending the repatriation of skeletons Tuesday (25/6/2019).

As a follow up to the MoU, the Japanese government will soon send a team to kick-start the process in cooperation with the Indonesian government and local administrations, he said.

He expressed the hope that the team would start working by next year.

Asked about the budget required to repatriate the remains of the soldiers, he said his government will assess the extent to which the activity needs to be carried out. However, the repatriation which is presently at a standstill will be resumed soon.

He said the Japanese government would like to bring back the skeletons which have been in the two provinces for more than 70 years.

Meanwhile, Director of Cultural Reserves and Museums of the Education and Culture Ministry Fitra Arda said he did not know have an exact estimation of the number of skeletons of Japanese soldiers in Papua and West Papua.

“We don’t know their number and only after the excavations will we know that. But more importantly, the agreement must involve the local community,” he said. (ant)

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The training is also expected to increase the capability of local dive guides., Waisai – The Raja Ampat District authorities organized a training for dive guides as part of efforts to improve services for tourists visiting the marine tourism destination.

The seven-day training, held from June 24, was being participated in by 30 local dive guides, Yusdi Lamatenggo said here on Monday (24/6/2019).

The training is also expected to increase the capability of local dive guides.

By having professional local dive guides, the economy in Raja Ampat is also hoped to improve.

“We hope that local dive guides attending this training can get benefit and receive better payment later,” he said.

Raja Ampat is often called “Heaven on Earth”, “Miracle of Papua”, “Underwater Paradise on Earth”, or “Real Wonder of the World” for its mesmerizing marine panorama.

The district has a geopark that is much more beautiful than the one in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

In 2012, Raja Ampat has been included in the Real Wonder of the World list. It has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful diving sites, and rated number one for its rich marine flora and fauna diversity.

In total, Raja Ampat District has around 1,700 islands, including the unoccupied and most beautiful Isle of Wayag, which is made of karst or limestone from other isles.
The waters of Raja Ampat have approximately 603 hard coral species, representing 75 percent of the total coral reefs in the world, according to the information posted on

Based on various studies by the world natural conservation agencies, such as Conservation International and Nature Conservancy, Raja Ampat waters are estimated to have 1397 fish species. The waters of Raja Ampat are also called “Capital for Fish in the World.”

There are also 60 varieties of crayfish, 699 types of soft animals or species of mollusks, comprising 530 species of snails (Gastropoda), 159 species of shells (bivalva), two species of Scaphopoda, five species of squid (Cephalopoda), and three Chiton species. (ern)

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Damage to homes in Iswari village in Tor Atas sub-district, at around 18.00 at local time, but the report had not been confirmed., Jayapura – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred on Thursday (June 20) at around 00.24 local time in Sarmi, Papua province has damaged a number of houses in Tor Atas sub-district.

Officials are awaiting more detailed reports about the damage, Head of the Papua Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Robert Welliam Manderi told here on Thursday (20/6/2019).

Meanwhile, Sarmi Police Chief Police Commissioner Paul Izak Sakoli said a report mentioned damage to homes in Iswari village in Tor Atas sub-district, at around 18.00 at local time, but the report had not been confirmed.

The Police Chief said he had not received news of any injured residents. “We are still waiting for a report, considering that access to the village is quite difficult to and telecommunication facilities are broken as the single sideband tower was struck by lightning,” he said. (eva)

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