U.S. Embassy Warns of Extreme Rainfall in Jakarta



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - U.S. Embassy in Jakarta warned its citizens to stay aware of the extreme weather that will still occur. As known, high rainfall at the beginning of this year has caused floods and landslides in Jakarta and the surrounding area.

    U.S. embassy issued a warning through the official page usembassy.gov on Monday, January 6, 2020. Based on weather forecasts, Jakarta will experience rainfall up to January 12, 2020.

    "Please anticipate storm and strong winds with the possibility of flooding, landslides, power outages and difficult travel conditions across the region,” reads an early warning weather.

    On the page, U.S. Embassy also provided information about actions that should be taken such as preparation of emergency response, including family plans, work, and school.

    Americans in Jakarta and surrounding areas are also encouraged to keep an eye on the media about local events, environment, and practice personal awareness to deal with the disaster. As well as getting the information from the local  weather authority Indonesia in the official website of BMKG.

    Head of Center for Data, Information, and Communication Disaster of BNPB, Agus Wibowo, said he has acknowledge the content of  U.S Embassy page. While the news is being prepared, he was merely quoting the description of BMKG that the potential rain with moderate intensity to dense are still exist in Jakarta, on January 9-12. But the estimated intensity is not as extreme as the January 1. "Detailed information is being prepared to respond to the warning," he said.

    Earlier on Sunday, January 5, 2020, the Deputy of Meteorology of BMKG, Mulyono R. Prabowo, shared a written statement revealing the results of the analysis about the conditions of the atmospheric dynamics which shows that there is still the potential for heavy rains in Indonesia until next week. "The increased activity of Monsoon Asia can lead to the addition of wet air mass from Aceh to Papua," he said at that time.

    Moh Khory Alfarizi | Safira Meidina Andini