Indonesia Enters the Rainy Season, BNPB Issues Disaster Risk Warning in Cities and Mountains

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Indonesia is currently in the midst of a seasonal transition, shifting from the dry season to the rainy season. During this change, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has sounded a cautionary note, emphasizing the potential for various disasters in both urban areas and mountainous regions.

Abdul Muhari, who serves as the Head of the Data, Information, and Communication Center for Disaster Management at BNPB, has shed light on this transitional phase, noting that it typically unfolds between September and November. However, the timing of this transition has been influenced by the El Nino phenomenon this year.

He pointed out a significant development that has occurred in the past week, where substantial rainfall has graced almost the entirety of Java Island. This comes after a drought period of over 90 days. Muhari conveyed this information in a press release dated Monday (6/11/2023).

BNPB’s message extends to residents in urban and mountainous regions, underlining the importance of remaining vigilant concerning potential disaster risks.

In urban areas, particular attention is directed towards the maintenance and inspection of primary, secondary, and tertiary drainage systems. This proactive approach aims to prepare for the risk of flooding and waterlogging, whether caused by water discharge or the occurrence of intense local rainfall.

Moving to hilly regions, specifically the central to southern parts of Java, residents are urged to be watchful for signs of ground fissures resulting from prolonged dry spells during the preceding dry season. These conditions render such areas susceptible to landslides when rainfall does return.

In the context of volcanic mountainous regions, with a special focus on Mount Semeru and Mount Merapi, the concern is heightened during instances of heavy rainfall at the summit. In such scenarios, the potential for cold lava floods becomes a significant risk.

Lastly, for motorbike riders, the advice is straightforward – always have rain gear at the ready. Moreover, it is advisable not to seek shelter beneath bridges during rain showers. Doing so not only contributes to potential traffic congestion but also poses safety hazards.

In summary, Indonesia’s transition from the dry to the rainy season comes with its unique set of challenges and risks. As emphasized by BNPB, vigilance and preparedness are key to mitigating potential disasters in various regions of the country during this seasonal shift