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Climate change brings worst drought to Indonesia since 2015

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 23, 2019   /  08:44 am
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Although the dry season will only culminate in August, its impacts have already been felt in many areas.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Regions in at least 11 southern Indonesian provinces, some of which have gone more than seven months without rain, are expected to see the prolonged dry spell continue until December, in another sign of changing weather patterns in the country. Cities and regencies across Lampung, Banten, West and East Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara as well as South and Southeast Sulawesi have not seen rain for more than 61 days straight, according to Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) data as of Nov. 13. The agency has raised the drought status for the said regions to the highest level of awas (warning), putting the chance of low-intensity rainfall in the areas in the following 20 days at 70 percent. In the worst dry season the country has experienced since 2015, most affected regencies have experienced months without rain. Buleleng in Bali and Sampang in...