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Floods hit several Indonesian cities as rainy season nears peak

  • Gisela Swaragita and Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, February 7, 2021   /  07:30 pm
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A rail worker guides a train along flooded tracks in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday.(AFP/Daffa Ramya Kanzuddin)

With the peak of the rainy season just around the corner, a number of areas in Indonesia have been inundated following heavy downpour over the past few days. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued flood warnings on Tuesday for four of Java’s six provinces -- Banten, West Java, Central Java and East Java -- effective until Thursday. The provinces have been put on siaga (watch) status, the second-highest level of the country's four-tiered alert system. Jakarta and Yogyakarta remain at the third-highest status, waspada (advisory). “According to the forecast from climatologists, February is the peak of the rainy season for Java Island,” BMKG weather forecaster Nanda Alfuadi said as quoted by kompas.com. Jakartans are advised to brace for floods as the Katulampa Dam in Bogor, West Java, saw its water level rise to 120 centimeters since ...