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Jakarta Post

Rp6b needed to cope with drought in Yogyakarta

Slamet Susanto
Yogyakarta   ●   Sun, August 2, 2015

The Yogyakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has warned that the budget it needs to respond to the drought in the province will amount to Rp 6 billion (US$444,000) this year.

'€œIt'€™s an on-call budget that is ready to use at any time. We have proposed the budget to the Yogyakarta administration,'€ BPBD Yogyakarta chairman Gatot Saptadi said on Sunday.

He said such funds, which were agreed during a coordination meeting on drought anticipation attended by representatives of regional disaster mitigation agencies in Yogyakarta, would be used to cover various drought-readiness measures such as clean water supplies.

Gatot further explained it was probable that the dry season in 2015 would lead to a drought emergency because according to Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) data, there would be a long dry spell this year.

'€œWe have increased the alert status of drought crisis in the province [to level 3],'€ he said. (ebf)