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Jakarta Post

BMKG warns of strong winds, high waves across Indonesia

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 30, 2018   /   11:35 am
BMKG warns of strong winds, high waves across Indonesia Grim task: Search and rescue team members scour Carita Beach for victims of the Sunda Strait tsunami in Pandeglang, Banten. The recent tsunami, which was triggered by eruptions from Anak Krakatau, was reported to have killed at least 430 people and injured 1,495. As many as 159 people are missing, with 21,991 others displaced. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued warnings of possible strong winds and high waves in several regions across Indonesia.

The agency has warned that in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, for example, waves may reach a height of six meters.

"Such high waves must be watched out for because they pose a safety threat," BMKG Pangkalpinang's weather forecast expert Fauzia Rizki said on Sunday as quoted by Antara.

Fauzia also warned that high tides in several coastal areas in the region could reach over two meters high.

"Therefore, we urge residents and tourists to beware of the high tides and refrain from conducting activities on coasts that are directly face open waters."

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has issued similar warnings based on the BMKG's predictions. 

"If the weather is bad, they [fishermen] should not force themselves to go fishing because the high waves coupled with the rain and strong winds that have hit NTT are very dangerous," Kupang Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency head Orson Nawa said on Sunday.

In Lampung, the BMKG has warned of the possibility of heavy thunderstorms and strong winds in several areas from Sunday to Monday, particularly in the regencies of East Lampung, Central Lampung, Tulangbawang, West Pesisir and West Lampung.

Residents of West Kalimantan and Banten have also been warned of strong winds, especially on the coast. 

"Strong winds of short duration and rains of medium to high intensity are predicted to continue along the coast of West Kalimantan," Mempawah climatology station head Wandayantolis said on Saturday.

The BMKG climatology station in Pontianak has recorded winds with speeds of up to 54 kilometers per hour. 

Meanwhile in Banten, the speed of winds has reached 30 kph. "We ask that Banten residents be aware of the bad weather," BMKG Serang official Tardjono said on Saturday. (kmt/ebf)