Indonesia: Face of nation’s disaster relief efforts dies aged 49

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Sutopo Purwo Nugroho speaks during a press conference in Jakarta on March 18.

By Ardila Syakriah / The Jakarta PostNational Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho passed away aged 49 in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday after battling stage 4 lung cancer for the past two years.

His death was announced by the agency’s disaster risk reduction directorate on its official Twitter account @PRB_BNPB on Sunday.

The news was also confirmed by his eldest son, Ivanka Rizaldy, through his Instagram account on Sunday.

“Tonight, a hero and my beloved father, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has returned to God while undergoing treatment in Guangzhou, China. To all friends and family, we ask for your forgiveness and prayers for Pak Sutopo. Thank you for everything that you have given me Pa, I will always pray for you,” he wrote, alongside a family portrait.

Sutopo departed to Guangzhou in June to undergo treatment for his cancer.

Born in Boyolali, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 1969, Sutopo gained respect from the nation for providing the latest information on natural disasters on Twitter and Instagram, even when he was at the hospital for his chemotherapy.

Prior to his departure, Sutopo had been actively updating the public with the latest information on disasters in the country through his Twitter account, @Sutopo_PN, which has more than 235,000 followers.


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