Beware of adverse hydrometeorological disasters due to climate change

Jakarta – The real form of climate change at the local level is increasingly visible. Some of them are in the form of two opposing hydrometeorological disasters at the same time recorded by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the agency said Monday (22/8).

Acting Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center Abdul Muhari said in an online Disaster Briefing, that this phenomenon was seen in Aceh Province. From the spatial distribution, forest and land fires occurred in the west coast of Aceh province, but the east coast was flooding.

“This phenomenon occurs in the same latitude. This is one form of concrete, tangible form of the impact of climate change at the local level. It means, we have forest fires on the west side, we have floods on the east side,” said Abdul, adding that conflicting hydrometeorological disasters at the local level are starting to occur.

Even in the past week, according to him, dry hydrometeorological disasters, namely forest and land fires have dominated land areas in Indonesia. At the same time there are floods, extreme weather and landslides.

Muhari added, the hot spots have developed quite a lot, but so far it is still under control. Even though Indonesia is currently in the dry season, there are regional influences with local impacts that continue to bring high rainfall intensity in some places, so that the intensity of flooding is quite dominant.

These disasters affected a population of more than 37,000 people, which means that there were quite a lot of people forced to evacuate in one week. “It is very possible that large floods will occur in the dry season. Some areas [in the country] must be aware of this,” he said. (Hartatik)

Banner photo: Acting Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center Abdul Muhari explained hydrometeorological disasters as a result of climate change in an online “Disaster Briefing”, Monday (22/8). (photo: Hartatik)

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