JAKARTA, BALIPOST.com – A total of seven regions are included in the priority scale for emergency management of hydrometeorological disasters which are expected to occur on February 13-20. This coincides with the voting period and recapitulation of the 2024 election vote counting results.
“The ones that are most prioritized include West Java, East Java, Central Java, North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, Banten and DKI Jakarta,” said Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center Abdul Muhari in Jakarta, quoted by Antara news agency, Tuesday (13/2).
According to him, these seven regions are included in the BNPB disaster emergency priority scale because they are the election holding regions most at risk of being affected by disasters due to the latest extreme weather conditions, in fact they have regularly experienced disasters for the last three years.
The seven regions have the largest number of permanent voters for the 2024 Election and the largest number of Polling Places (TPS), ranging from 26,357 – 140,457 TPS per region.
Meanwhile, the results of weather analysis from BMKG show that up to February 20, the average rainfall was around 150 mm – 300 mm and potentially even more than that, which is also a reason for serious concern from BNPB.
“So the point is that from there it is known that the biggest risks that must be anticipated are all for the sake of threats to public safety and the smoothness of the long process of the election stages itself, starting from voting, counting, to distribution, which has the potential to be hampered if a disaster occurs,” he said.
He said that this condition arose based on facts about atmospheric dynamics which are currently observed to be quite significant. The trigger comes from the strengthening of the Asian Monsoon winds and active Rossby – Kelvin equatorial waves in the northern part of Java, South Sulawesi and north-central Sumatra.
In fact, based on monitoring by the BNPB Pusdalops team, it was found that the flood disaster in Java that occurred last week, even at least until February 12, in general had not subsided.
He gave an example, for example, of floods in Demak and Grobogan Regencies with water levels still averaging 80 centimeters to 1 meter which inundated residential areas and roads. As a result, more than 8 thousand residents were forced to evacuate to emergency tents.
“This weather condition is also dangerous for DKI which continues to experience heavy rain and is expected to last until the end of this month. “Sulawesi and Sumatra are the same,” he said.
For this reason, BNPB has coordinated intensively with regional governments (Pemda) to respond to ongoing natural conditions. The regional government is expected to be able to carry out all prevention and control efforts quickly and appropriately.
Starting from mapping disaster-prone areas, strengthening cross-sectoral preparedness personnel, providing evacuation infrastructure, ensuring adequate emergency aid for disaster victims, to speeding up repairs to damaged river embankments.
“Ready-to-use aid funds to regional governments totaling more than IDR 1.15 billion have been distributed, including logistical assistance for other supporting equipment from BNPB,” he said. (Kmb/Balipost)
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