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BerichtOnderwerp: Regional Disaster Management Agency warns tropical cyclone Dahlia may affect Jakarta   do 30 nov 2017 - 5:54

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After tropical cyclone Cempaka affected parts of Java over the last few days, unleashing deadly landslides and floods that disaster agency officials say killed at least 19, they are now warning citizens to be wary of yet another tropical cyclone, dubbed Dahlia, which was observed as being about 475 km southwest of Jakarta at 7am this morning.

Last night and this morning, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Jakarta, through its official Twitter account @BPBDJakarta, appealed to residents living in and around Jakarta to be cautious of Dahlia’s potential effects. This is the latest tweet:

BPBD DKI Jakarta, Yuk simak, Info Terkini Siklon Tropis Dahlia dan Waspadai dampak terjadi di wilayah DKI Jakarta dan sekitarnya. | Sumber : BMKG 2:26 PM - Nov 30, 2017
(Check out the latest info on Tropical Cyclone Dahlia and beware its impact on Greater Jakarta and surrounding areas.)

The graphic accompanying the tweet is from the Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) and shows the predicted path of Dahlia. Based on their data, it came within 475 km of the capital at around 7am this morning but should continue to move southeast away from Java over the next few days.

Despite its outbound trajectory, according to the release from the BPBD website linked to in the tweet above, Dahlia still has the potential to cause moderate to heavy rainfall from the western coast of Bengkulu to Lampung, Banten, Jakarta and West Java, as well as strong winds coasts and high waves off the coasts of southwestern Sumatra and the southern coast of Java.

The release also says that the BPBD of Jakarta is appealing to all of the capital’s citizens to be alert to the possibility of flooding, landslides, high winds and fallen trees. Finally it says that you can go to the bpbd.jakarta.go.idwebsite or the @BPBDJakarta Twitter account to get the latest weather updates. Stay safe, folks!

Cyclone Cempaka kills at least 19 in Indonesia

A tropical cyclone which hit Indonesia’s main island of Java has triggered severe flooding and landslides which left 19 dead, an official said Wednesday.

Landslides claimed 15 lives in east and central Java, while four others perished in floods unleashed by Cyclone Cempaka.

“Thousands of homes, hectares of agricultural land and public facilities are also flooded,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency.

The destruction from the cyclone comes as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano on the neighbouring resort island of Bali threatens to erupt, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Cempaka is expected to move away from Indonesia later Thursday, but more flooding and landslides could follow in its wake, the agency said, adding that it urgently needs blankets, clothes and inflatable boats.

Indonesia is prone to natural disasters and is often hit by floods and landslides.

A landslide on Bali in February killed 12 people, including three children. In September last year, almost 30 people died in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java.


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