Indonesia, Drought in Java

12:04 Jun 23 2019 Java Island

JAKARTA - According to Ms. Rita Rosita S., Head of BNPB Public Relations, water distribution is carried out by the local BPBD for handling drought in several regions in three provinces. The BNPB Emergency Operation Center report per Sunday (23/6), at 08.00 WIB said that several regions in the provinces of Central Java and East Java, as well as the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY), experienced drought.

This phenomenon resulted in 100,230 residents being exposed to the effects of drought, with details in the DIY Region totaling 85,000 (24,166 households), Central Java 14,253 (3,984 households), and East Java 977 (287 households). This disaster event in DIY occurred in 57 villages in the Gunung Kidul Regency area. The Gunung Kidul District Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) has distributed water to Girisubo, Rongkop, Tepus and Paliyan areas with a total of around 900 thousand liters of water.

Drought also hit two sub-districts, Kewungetan and Patimuan, in Cilacap Regency, Central Java. The district BPBD has distributed 24 clean water tanks with a capacity of 5,000 liters in Ujung Manik Village, Sidammukti Village, Gendiwung Hamlet, and Langenkepuh Hamlet.

Meanwhile, the drought in East Java was observed in Trosono Village, Parang Subdistrict, Magetan Regency. The drought reported last Monday (6/17) was anticipated by BPB Magetan Regency with the distribution of clean water.

Based on an analysis from the BNPB's Center for Disaster Alert Situation (Pastigana), the forecast for the start of the dry season in 2019 will generally occur in May, June and July with a percentage of around 83%. This year's peak dry season is predicted to occur in August 2019, with a presentation of 53%. Based on developments as of June 10, 2019, Pastigana noted a very long category of rainless days (30-60 days) in several provinces, namely Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, DIY, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara , and Papua. While in the extreme category (more than 60 days), Pastigana recorded areas namely, East Java, Bali and East Nusa Tenggara.

Areas identified have the potential to experience days without rain for more than 60 days, including Kemulan (East Java), Sambirenteng (Bali), Wairang, Fatukety, Sulamu, and Oepoi (East Nusa Tenggara).

Anticipating this extreme weather potential, BNPB urges regional governments to anticipate drought potential by preparing resources, such as preparing resources, monitoring the availability of clean water, and meeting minimum water standards for the needs of residents and livestock.

Since the drought still continues, Centre of Health Crisis, Ministry of Health of Indonesia has reported an updated number of affected people in Central and West Java Provinces. Numbers of the affected people per 09 July 2019 are given as follows:

West Java Province
Bekasi City 3,068
Bogor City 3,774
Cirebon City 6,925
Tasikmalaya City 3,492

Central Java Province
Banyumas Regency 25,329
Brebes Regency 139,141
Cilacap Regency 21,660
Grobogan Regency 334,498
Purbalingga Regency 2,809
Purworejo Regency 3,725

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