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BMKG warns of high waves in Mentawai Islands, Bali due to strong winds

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 22, 2020   /   09:25 am
BMKG warns of high waves in Mentawai Islands, Bali due to strong winds Visitors look out to sea as tree trunks and other debris lay scattered on Kuta Beach, Bali, on Jan. 22, 2019. The tourism authority closed the beach for swimming because of the trash and high waves. (The Jakarta Post/Zul Trio Anggono)

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of possible high waves in several regions of the country as a result of strong winds this weekend.

Areas deemed at risk of high waves include places on the west coast of Sumatra, such as Simeulue Island in Aceh and Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra, as well as on the south coast of Java. The islands of Bali and Lombok may also be affected.

Waves in the abovementioned areas are predicted to reach a height of 2.5 meters to 4 m, kompas.com reported on Friday. Meanwhile, waves of 1.25 m to 2 m may be seen in eastern parts of the country.

The BMKG has called on residents and visitors to be on alert. 

Read also: BMKG warns of heavy rains, high waves across Indonesia

Many Indonesians are enjoying a long weekend thanks to the celebration of Islamic New Year, which fell on Thursday, and an extra day off declared by the government for Friday.

Many apparently opted to spend their free time at tourism destinations, including beaches, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pangandaran Beach on the south coast of West Java, for example, was swamped by hundreds of visitors in the past few days, forcing authorities to monitor them to ensure the implementation of COVID-19 health protocol. (vny)