The Jakarta Post
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has urged the public to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds in much of the country and to remain alert for floods and landslides.
BNPB spokesperson Raditya Jati said the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had predicted thunderstorms in several parts of the country.
"Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds and lightning is expected in Aceh, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, North Maluku, Maluku, West Papua, Papua, West Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Lampung, and West Java," Raditya said in a press release on Monday.
He advised people who lived near river banks to prepare for potential flooding. Those who lived near cliffs or in hilly areas, he added, should be wary of landslides.
Raditya also reminded the public to follow health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 if they needed to evacuate their homes.
Previously, the BMKG called on the public to prepare for extreme weather and possible natural disasters during the shift to rainy season in much of the country.
"As the BMKG has warned of extreme weather during transition to the rainy season, I urge the public to be on alert for hydrometeorological disasters such as flooding, flash floods, landslides, strong winds and whirlwinds,” Raditya said. (nal)