BMKG Issues Warning of Potential Tidal Floods from Sukabumi to Yogyakarta

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  • A number of residents demolish buildings that are threatened with abrasion due to the impact of high waves on Tegalkamulyan Beach, Cilacap, Central Java, Wednesday, May 27 2020. High waves of sea water that reached six meters on the south coast of Central Java, caused three points of tidal barrier along the Tegalkamulyan coast to collapse. , and triggers abrasion and causes tidal water to inundate residential areas, rice fields and shrimp ponds. ANTARA PHOTOS/Idhad Zakaria

    A number of residents demolish buildings that are threatened with abrasion due to the impact of high waves on Tegalkamulyan Beach, Cilacap, Central Java, Wednesday, May 27 2020. High waves of sea water that reached six meters on the south coast of Central Java, caused three points of tidal barrier along the Tegalkamulyan coast to collapse. , and triggers abrasion and causes tidal water to inundate residential areas, rice fields and shrimp ponds. ANTARA PHOTOS/Idhad Zakaria

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued today an early warning of potential coastal flooding in the southern region of Java from the coast of Sukabumi to Yogyakarta. The warning takes effect starting December 30 until early next year.

    The agency’s forecaster Rendi Krisnawan said the warning is issued in consideration of the new moon phase. At the same time, the moon's position is predicted to be at its closest to earth or perigee.

    The conditions, he explained, cause the potential for a more significant increase in the sea level. “People living in coastal areas of Indonesia are advised to be alert,” he said in a written statement, Thursday.

    A number of areas that have the potential for tidal flooding are the southern coastal areas of Sukabumi, Cianjur, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Pangandaran, Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo, and Yogyakarta.

    According to Rendi, the potential tidal flooding could generally disrupt the daily activities in the port and coastal areas, loading and unloading activities at ports, salt ponds, or inland fisheries.

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    ANWAR SISWADI (CONTRIBUTOR)