Indonesia Warns Of Extreme Weather During Transitional Season
JAKARTA, Oct 31 (NNN-ANTARA) – Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysical agency BMKG, yesterday issued a warning against extreme weather conditions, including hailstones as the country was entering a transitional season.
“There is a big potential of extreme weather during the transition from dry season to rainy season, including heavy rains with thunderstorms, strong winds, and hailstones, across Indonesia,” head of the BMKG, Dwikorita Karnawati, said in a statement.
The BMKG said, the beginning of the rainy season in Indonesia would generally occur in the period from Oct to Dec, while the peak of the rainy season is supposed to happen in Jan to Feb, next year.
Karnawati said that, rainfalls could trigger hydrometeorological disasters, including flash floods and landslides. “Therefore, we warn people who live in hilly areas, that are prone to landslides, to remain vigilant and careful,” she added.
She noted that, weather conditions in Indonesia would still be unstable, with wind direction varying a lot. This will cause sudden change in the weather from hot to rainy or vice versa in a very short period of time.
Karnawati urged local government and related authorities, to take mitigation measures to prevent hydrometeorological disasters, particularly in regions at high risks of floods and landslides.
“Local governments are expected to educate the public on how to deal with disaster risks that may occur during the rainy season, and the importance of paying attention to early warnings, so that we can reduce losses that could be caused by disasters,” she said.