The Jakarta Water Resources Agency has issued a warning for several districts that are prone to drought across the capital.
Agency head Juaini said there were seven districts in the western and northern ends of the capital that had been forecast to experience drought in the coming weeks.
“There are three districts in West Jakarta: Kalideres, Cengkareng, and Kembangan. In North Jakarta, there’s Cilincing, Penjaringan, Pademangan and Koja. These districts appear red [on our analysis],” Juaini said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said the administration would cooperate with its water company PD PAM Jaya to distribute water to areas that were susceptible to drought.
“We will cooperate with PAM Jaya to establish water depots and deploy water trucks in areas that are dealing with water shortage,” he added.
Separately, Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman M. Ridwan said the agency had yet to receive any reports of water shortage from the public.
“If people have any emergency related to drought, please call our emergency hotline at 112 or reach out to us through the official Jakarta Aman mobile app,” Ridwan said.
He called on the public to save water throughout the dry season. Additionally, he also advised the public to be mindful of fire risks.
“Fire spreads more quickly in the dry season,” Ridwan added. (rfa)