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New normal: Climate crisis to bring extreme rainfall more often, scientists say

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 4, 2020   /  08:10 am
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Hundreds of activists and students take to the streets in Jakarta in the Climate Strike movement to demand the government take climate-change mitigation more seriously.(JP/A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil)

While officials and politicians in Jakarta indulge in a blame game over responsibility for the severe flooding in Greater Jakarta, it seems that few people are willing to acknowledge that the climate crisis has hammered the country once again by inundating the capital in more water than it could cope with. Aside from revealing the real culprit behind the floods, scientists also broke the bad news that such extreme weather might become “a new normal” in the future, urging everyone to be more prepared ahead of future disasters. Severe flooding has soaked large parts of Jakarta and its neighboring cities since New Year’s Eve, killing over 40 people and forcing around 170,000 others to leave their submerged homes. Many declared the floods to be the worst in the capital since 2013. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the seve...