Greater Bandung Enters Dry Season; BMKG Warns of Potential Drought

5 July 2022 18:09 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaA number of regions in West Java are now entering the dry season. The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated that the dry season lasts from June to September 2022.

“The Greater Bandung area, in general, has entered the dry season,” said the agency’s Geophysics Station head Teguh Rahayu in Bandung in a written statement, Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

During this year’s dry season, northern Bekasi and Karawang, Pangandaran, Tasikmalaya, southern Tasikmalaya City, and eastern South Garut have the potential to experience drought. Forest fires are also possible to occur in forest and mountainous areas in the province.

In addition, high waves on the southern coast of West Java and rainfall, or known as wet drought, potentially cause flash floods, landslides, and strong winds.

According to Rahayu, the potential for rain in the first dasarian –a meteorological time period consisting of 10 days– in July is around 2-4 days, while in the second dasarian at 2-3 days with a 0-50 percent chance. “Such conditions can increase the risk of disasters such as drought,” she said.

Based on the regional topography, some regions including Bandung City, Bandung Regency, Cimahi City, and West Bandung, would likely see a wet drought. BMKG thus warned of potential floods and landslides, as well as hail and strong winds or tornadoes.

BMKG also appealed to the public to remain vigilant of the hydrometeorological disasters at the beginning of this dry season given the wet drought phenomenon in the 2022 dry season.

People living in hilly areas, around the Citarum River watershed, and in urban areas are asked to be aware of the potential for drought, forest or land fires, landslides, and strong winds or tornadoes. People are also advised to always maintain health, “because the temperature gap in the morning and afternoon is very large,” Rahayu underlined.

ANWAR SISWADI (CONTRIBUTOR)

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