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BNPB urges caution amid stormy weather

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2013   /  10:36 am

Wild weather: A man cuts branches of a fallen tree on Jl. Kali Inspeksi Grogol in Jakarta on Friday, as others help a food vendor to move his cart to safety. Falling trees and billboards have been a frequent — and sometimes fatal — occurrence during rainy season, when the capital is pummeled by strong winds and heavy storms. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) warns people in Jakarta to remain on alert and stay away from big trees and billboards as strong winds, caused by tropical cyclone Narelle, are predicted to continue over the next two days.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that although the tropical cyclone had started to move south and leave Indonesian territory, it would still deliver torrential rain, strong winds and high waves in some areas.

“Therefore, we ask people to remain on alert. Please take shelter in sturdy bu...