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National scene: BMKG warns of La Niña for 2016

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 19, 2015   /  05:00 pm

JAKARTA: The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned on Friday that the country could experience another episode of extreme weather caused by La Niña.

BMKG spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the La Niña weather phenomenon, which could cause flooding, landslides and gales, would peak in the middle of 2016. '€œSo the potential for floods, landslides and gales will increase during that period,'€ Sutopo said as quoted by kompas.com.

He said at least 315 regencies and municipalities were expected to experience flooding, affecting more than 63.7 million people.

Landslides will pose risks to 274 regencies and municipalities.

Earlier this year, the country experienced the El Niño weather phenomenon, which experts said was one of the worst in history.

The severe weather phenomenon caused drought and forest and peatland fires throughout the country.

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