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Jakarta braces for floods as La Niña looms

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Kharishar Kahfi

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Two people riding bicycles through the rain in Jl. Merdeka Selatan of Central Jakarta on June 9. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts La Nina phenomenon marked with high intensity rain will hit Indonesia in July to September.(Antara/Wahyu Putro)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has urged stakeholders to prepare for potentially hazardous flooding in the capital as the rainy season approaches. The season’s dangers are compounded this year by La Niña, a periodic weather phenomenon that tends to cause extreme weather in the Indonesian archipelago. “We need to be ready because we’re facing not just the flooding but also the COVID-19 outbreak. This condition requires special care,” the governor said during a ceremony to prepare for the rainy season in Jakarta on Wednesday morning. He said disaster mitigation efforts should adhere to strict health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during evacuations. “We need to set up more [flood shelter] tents to allow citizens to practice health protocols and physical distancing,” Anies added. Separately, the Meteorology, Climatology an...