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Greater Jakarta braces for harsher dry season as El Nino looms over Indonesia

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Bogor   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /  08:42 pm
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A resident walks along the bank of the West Flood Canal in the Petamburan area of Central Jakarta on Friday. The waterway carries less water than normal as the dry season has begun.(Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

A clean water crisis has begun to affect people in several parts of the capital as the dry season this year coincides with the El Nino phenomenon, which is known to prolong the dry spells. “The dry season will be harsher than in 2018 but not as bad as in 1997 or 2015, because the El Nino is on a weaker scale,” Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Harry Tirto told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. In the El Nino phenomenon, the weather changes due to rising water temperature in the Pacific Ocean, which in Indonesia’s case can cause extreme drought. El Nino showed its full force in Indonesia in 1997 and 2015, when a short wet season was followed by constant forest fires and haze in Sumatra and Kalimantan, forcing an emergency response from the central government. In 2015, the country recorded its worst-ever haze crisis, which damaged 2...