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