Source: Xinhua
Date: August 26, 2021

JAKARTA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) - Indonesia would gradually enter the rainy season starting in September, said Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), urging authorities particularly in regions prone to hydrometeorological disasters to prepare disaster mitigation measures.

It is predicted that a heavier rainy season would occur in a number of provinces including Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Java, and Bali, head of the BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati said at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

"This needs to be a common concern, particularly (for those) in areas prone to flooding, landslides and moving grounds as the intensity of rainfalls will keep increasing," she said.

Karnawati said out of the 342 seasonal zones in Indonesia, around 14.6 percent would start the rainy season in September, namely the central part of Sumatra island and some areas in Kalimantan island.

Meanwhile, 39.1 percent of them were predicted to see the rainy season in October, including the southern part of Sumatra, most parts of Kalimantan, Java, Bali and Sulawesi, and the remaining 28.7 percent would see rains in November.

"The peak of the rainy season for the 2021-to-2022 period was predicted to occur in January and February 2022," she said, warning that the public should remain alert to extreme weather and other potential disasters, especially in regions predicted to experience an earlier and wetter rainy season. Enditem