NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded 197 disasters occurring throughout Indonesia from January 1 to 23, 2021.
Quoted from bnpb official statement on Twitter page, Wednesday (20/1), the majority of disasters are hydrometeorological disasters or disasters that occur as a result of meteorological / natural phenomena.
Flood disasters became the dominant 134 events, followed by landslides 31 events, and nipple pickaxe as many as 24 events.
A series of disasters in early 2021 left 184 people dead, more than 2,700 injured, nine missing, and 1.9 million displaced.
Compared to the same period in January 2020, BNPB recorded 297 disasters at that time, including flooding in Jakarta and surrounding areas.
But on the other hand, the disaster earlier this year claimed more lives than a number of disasters in January 2020 that killed 91 people.
The Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) warned of a worst-case scenario. Where the climate phenomenon occurs simultaneously is currently underway and also coincides with the peak of the rainy season.
This condition can have an impact on the weather in the Indonesian region so it is necessary to be aware of the increasing potential for hydrometeorological disasters.
“Since October 2020 BMKG provides early warning of the potential for extreme weather-related conditions. Due to various phenomena that are feared to occur simultaneously with the rainy season,” said Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati.
BMKG predicts a number of areas need to be aware of the potential for extreme weather and potential flooding in the next few days.
The extreme rains have the potential to cause hydrometeorological disasters such as floods, flash floods, landslides that can be harmful to the public. As well as heavy rain accompanied by lightning and high waves that endanger shipping and flights. (eky)