West Papua on Emergency Alert for the Impact of La Nina Hurricane

goodmorningpapua.com – The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of West Papua Province has declared an emergency alert status to anticipate the impact of La Nina storm in the region until February 2022.

A Head of BPBD of West Papua Province, Derek Ampnir, said the emergency alert status for the impact of La Nina in West Papua was set for the period from October 31, 2021 to February 22, 2022.

“Early this December, West Papua was still on an emergency alert status to anticipate the impact of La Nina, especially in a number of flood-prone areas such as Teluk Wondama district,” said Derek Ampnir, Thursday (2/12/2021).

Derek Ampnir said the impact of the La Nina storm caused an increase in rainfall in parts of West Papua, even in severe conditions, this phenomenon could trigger various natural disasters such as floods, flash floods, and landslides.

“Therefore, people in flood-prone areas need to be more vigilant when rainfall is over normal during the emergency alert period set by the BPBD,” he said.

He also appealed to local governments to be alert in preparing steps to be taken when rainfall increases above normal.

“Regency and city governments must also prepare anticipatory steps with the community to be aware of potential natural disasters that often occur at the end of the year until the beginning of the new year,” said Derek Ampnir.

Furthermore, a Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) at Rendani Manokwari Station, Daniel Tandi, said that the weather forecast for the next 10 days in parts of West Papua has the potential for light rain.

“In the next ten days, some 70 percent of West Papua has the potential to rain from December 2 to 11, 2021,” said Daniel Tandi.

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