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Indonesia mourns death of disaster agency spokesman by DION BISARA July 07,2019   |  Source: Jakarta Globe

Indonesia mourns the death of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the country's beloved disaster agency spokesman, who passed away at the age of 49 in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday, while receiving treatment for lung cancer.

The lifelong nonsmoker had for many years been the voice and face of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), giving timely and accurate information on earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides and other disasters.

He was admired for his dedication to the job, and known for even drafting press releases on disasters from his hospital bed while receiving chemotherapy.

He was diagnosed with the final stage of the terminal illness in January last year.

The BNPB's disaster risk reduction directorate broke the news on Sunday.

The news was immediately followed by a flood of condolences from Indonesians under the hashtag #ripsutopo, which started to trend on social media.

One Twitter user expressed how much Sutopo had inspired him with his dedication, while others described Sutopo as a shining example for public officials in Indonesia.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti also expressed her condolences.

"Deep condolences on the death of Mr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. May the deceased be accepted by His side and may his family be

 

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