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Drought spreads to 35 districts in Bali

Tempo - November 1, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Denpasar's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the drought in Bali has spread from 26 districts to 35 districts in November 2023.

"No rain has fallen on this region for 121 days," said the Coordinator of Data and Information of BMKG I Nyoman Gede Wiryajaya as quoted by Antara on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Wiryajaya said that the districts that had received drought early warning include Buleleng, Gerokgak, Kubutambahan, Sawan, Seririt, and Tejakula districts in Buleleng Regency. The Jembrana Regency includes Melaya, Pekutatan, and Mendoyo, while in the Tabanan Regency, the districts are Kediri, Marga, Penebel, Kerambitan, and Tabanan.

Meanwhile, in Bangli Regency the districts that had received early warning are Tembuku and Kintamani, while in Karangasem Regency the districts are Abang, Karangasem, and Kubu. The districts in Badung Regency include Kuta, North Kuta, South Kuta, and Mengwi, and in Klungkung Regency are Dawan and Nusa Penida.

The other districts are Payangan, Sukawati, Blahbatuh, Tampaksiring, and Ubud, while in Denpasar City, the drought hits East Denpasar, West Denpasar, North Denpasar, and South Denpasar.

The districts with the longest dry period without rain are Kubu with 121 days, Kubutambahan with 120 days, and Gerokgak for 115 days. However, BMKG Denpasar expected some areas in Bali to potentially rain from November 1 to 10.

"The distribution of rain in Bali generally ranges from 0 to 86.5 millimeters as per 10 days," he said. BMKG Denpasar will refresh their observation after every 10 days.

According to BMKG Denpasar, the peak of the rainy season in Bali will occur in January 2024 with rain volume ranging from 500 to 600 millimeters each month.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1791282/drought-spreads-to-35-districts-in-bal