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Flood shelters must comply with virus protocol: Task Force

  • News Desk

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Helping hands: Staff prepare food in a public kitchen at the West Jakarta mayor's office on Friday for flood victims, who are being accommodated in several temporary shelters.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

With the rainy season approaching as the country deals with the pandemic, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito reminded the public, especially those affected by flooding, of the importance to adhere to health protocols while staying in temporary shelters as they could potentially become infection clusters. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted the rainy season – which often brings floods – will begin in late October or early November, but several regions have already reported torrential rain during the transition from the dry season to the wet season.  Heavy rainfall caused flooding in several regions, including Jakarta and West Java late in September. Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan have declared a 14-day state of emergency in response to massive flooding that inundated dozens of dis...