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Weather agency warns of heavy rain over weekend

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 18, 2016   /  12:10 pm
Weather agency warns of heavy rain over weekend Two people ride bicycles through the rain on Jl. Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, on June 9. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts a high intensity of rain will hit Indonesia from July to September. (Antara/Wahyu Putro)

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned people to be wary about potential natural disasters as a result of the heavy downpours expected to recur over the weekend.

The BMKG has predicted there will be heavy rain from June 17 to 20 in several areas in Indonesia based on atmospheric indications, Yunus S. Swarinoto, meteorology deputy at the agency said in a press statement on Friday. 

There is also potential for thunder storms and high winds during the rain, Yunus said.

"We strongly urge people to be aware of potential flooding, flash floods, landslides and fallen trees," he said in the statement.

Areas predicted to have a high intensity of rain include Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, South Sumatra, Lampung, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua.

The BMKG has also warned sea transportation operators to watch out for heavy rain and heavy swells in the southern part of Sumatra, Java, Bali and East Nusa Tenggara.

People can contact the BMKG on its 24-hour call center 021-6546315/18 to get the latest information on weather forecasts or log on to  its official website web.meteo.bmkg.go.id. (rin)

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