The Jakarta Post
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has called on the public to remain vigilant about extreme weather throughout the country in the next two months during the shift to the rainy season.
BMKG weather forecast department head Miming Saepudin said the agency predicted the rainy season would reach its peak in January and February of next year. However, November and December will likely see bad weather and an increased chance of hydrometeorological disasters.
“We have to watch for potential extreme weather during the seasonal transition period, including puting beliung [weak tornadoes], hail and extreme temperatures,” Miming explained.
According to the agency, downpours after the prolonged dry season are predicted to first hit Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra and the northern reaches of Papua, among other regions.
“Aceh and Sumatra must be on the lookout for floods and landslides,” he said.
Heavy surf may occur in the waters of southern and southwestern Sumatra as well as southern Java, reaching up to 2.5 meters in height, BMKG predicted.
“Beware of the potential for strong currents from western Sumatra to southern Bali and West Nusa Tenggara,” Miming said.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has allocated Rp 850 billion (US$60.6 million) for disaster relief through the end of this year. The money will be used to mitigate hydrometeorological disasters, including floods and landslides, in any region of the country. (dpk)