With thousands of villages suffering from drought as Indonesia faces an intense dry season this year because of the El Nino weather phenomenon, experts have called on the government to take long-term preventive action by making the most use of rainwater.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has announced that 55 regencies and cities have declared a drought emergency so far. Those regencies are spread across seven provinces: East Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, West Java, East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara.
The agency also reported that another 25 regencies and cities in the mentioned provinces, and in Bali, had been affected by drought. In total, drought has affected 1,821 villages across 490 subdistricts as of Monday.
The Agriculture Ministry said earlier this month that drought had affected more than 100...
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