News Desk, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued a warning for potential heavy rains across the archipelago for the next seven days.
In its seven-day forecast released on Tuesday morning, the weather agency said that heavy rains could hit most parts of Sumatra, western and southern parts of Java, western and central parts of Kalimantan, southern parts of Sulawesi, as well as Maluku and Papua.
Rains are expected to fall from midday to early morning. The agency said that the increase in rain intensity was due to a flow of cold air from Asia.
The public are warned about the possibility of extreme weather events (including waterspouts, thunderstorms and hail) and the impact they will have such as flooding, flash floods, fallen trees and slippery roads.
The warning was issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for residents of Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung Islands, Lampung, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.
Over 100 neighborhoods in Jakarta and parts of its satellite cities of Tangerang and Bekasi have been inundated following heavy downpours in recent days.
The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that 104 neighborhood units (RTs) in the capital were flooded as of Monday afternoon, up from 48 that morning, and warned more rain was possible in the coming days.
The floodwater depths ranged from 20 centimeters to over 1 meter in a few neighborhoods of East Jakarta.
In the one-week period from Feb. 20 to 26, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded a total of 57 disaster events, up from 55 events in the previous week.
During the period, a total of 65,955 people were affected after 10,323 houses were inundated and 135 houses damaged due to flooding
BNPB acting chief of data center and communication Abdul Muhari said that the agency recorded 29 floods and 13 landslides. (dre)