During voting, a number of polling stations are prone to hydrometeorological disasters

During voting, a number of polling stations are prone to hydrometeorological disasters


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DENPASAR, BALIPOST.com – The voting process for the 2024 simultaneous elections will be held, Wednesday (14/2). The implementation of elections in Bali Province is entering the rainy season, so that wet hydrometeorological disasters such as floods, landslides and extreme weather with strong winds accompanied by lightning pose a threat to a number of polling stations in various regions in Bali.

Based on the Bali Province weather and climate early warning for the period Basisian II February 2024 BBMKG Region III Denpasar, the potential for moderate to heavy rain is in Buleleng, Bangli, Karangasem, Badung, Tabanan and Gianyar Regencies. Therefore, the Bali Province BPBD issued an alert release for disaster-prone TPS on February 13-14 2023.

Head of Bali Province BPBD, I Made Rentin, revealed that there were 7 villages/sub-districts in Gianyar and Karangasem Regencies that were prone to flooding on voting day. In Gianyar Regency, this occurred in Payangan District, namely in the villages/subdistricts of Melinggih Kelod, Melinggih, and Kerta. In Karangasem Regency, this occurred in Sideman District, namely in the villages/subdistricts of Tangkup, Talibeng, Loka Sari, and Wisma Kerta.

Meanwhile, areas prone to landslides occur in 6 districts. In Buleleng district, flooding is prone to occur in Sukasada District, namely in 12 villages/sub-districts (Panji, Pancasari, Wanagiri, Ambengan, Gitgit, Pegayaman, Silangjana, Sambangan, Panji Anom, Tegal Linggah, Selat, and Kayu Putih).

In Bangli Regency, landslides are prone to occur in 45 villages/sub-districts in Kintamani District. In Tabanan Regency, this occurred in 29 villages/sub-districts in 3 sub-districts. Namely, 9 villages/subdistricts in Baturiti District, 7 villages/subdistricts in Penebel District, and 13 villages/subdistricts in Pupuan District.

In Gianyar Regency, this occurred in 8 villages/sub-districts in Payangan District. In Karangasem Regency, this occurred in 10 villages/sub-districts in Sidemen District. Meanwhile, Badung Regency is prone to landslides in 7 villages/sub-districts in Petang District.

To anticipate the impact of this disaster, BPBD Bali carried out mitigation against flood disasters. Among them, knowing the level of vulnerability of the TPS area, whether it is in a flood-prone zone. Prepare disaster management facilities and infrastructure to support the implementation of elections, such as tents, boats, mobile water pumps and others.

Carry out planning for relocation, including understanding relocation routes and higher elevation areas. Know the channels and paths that flood waters often pass through and what impact they have on TPS. As well as ensuring that the location of the TPS is not located directly near a river that often floods.

Meanwhile, mitigation steps for landslides include knowing the level of vulnerability of the TPS area, whether it is in a landslide-prone zone. Do not build TPS around steep cliffs/slopes. Determine a safe evacuation location, such as staying away from possible directions of material avalanches.

Prepare a scenario to move the TPS to a safe location if a landslide occurs, including understanding the relocation route and safer areas. As well as prioritizing life safety. If possible, secure important documents, such as ballot papers, ballot boxes and so on.

Meanwhile, disaster mitigation measures against the danger of lightning are taken by planning the location of the TPS away from fields without any tall buildings nearby. Provide lightning protection equipment. Plan the TPS location inside a reinforced concrete building or other sturdy structure, because the electric current from lightning is absorbed into the ground through the walls. And when inside a concrete or wooden building, make sure to keep a distance of more than one meter from electrical equipment, walls and ceilings of the house. (Ketut Winata/balipost)

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