The Jakarta Post
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has called on the public to brace for heavy rainstorms in a warning issued on Tuesday, with extreme weather predicted to occur across the country, including Greater Jakarta, from Feb. 25 to March 2.
Based on the latest analysis of the atmosphere, the BMKG said that low-pressure areas in the southern hemisphere contributed to the increased likelihood of bad weather occurring throughout Indonesia.
“The BMKG has predicted that there will be continuous heavy rainstorms next week,” said BMKG deputy of meteorology R. Mulyono R. Prabowo as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.
The agency linked the potential rainstorms to the Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand detected in the seas south of West Nusa Tenggara, as well as wind patterns in the seas southwest of Banten to bad weather that might hit areas along East Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.
The agency also detected similar wind patterns in Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi and Maluku.
According to the BMKG, areas predicted to be hit by heavy rainstorms from Feb. 25 to 28 include Greater Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, Kalimantan, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.
Other areas, including Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung, Lampung and provinces across Java Island, are predicted to be affected by rainstorms from Feb. 29 to March 2.
The agency further called on the public to remain alert over potential floods, landslides and other natural disasters caused by the extreme weather.
Greater Jakarta was hit by floods on Tuesday morning following overnight torrential rainfall. At least 294 neighborhood units have been affected by the floods, which paralyzed part of the capital city, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency.
The floods mark the fourth time Jakarta and its satellite cities have been hit by major floods this year. On Jan. 4, 60 were reported dead as a result of severe flooding across the capital and its surrounding areas following heavy rainfall that began on New Year’s Eve. (dpk)