President Jokowi Calls for Mitigation of Drought Impacts
President Joko Jokowi Widodo has ordered his Cabinet, heads of institutions, and governors to take immediate measures to mitigate long drought that is gripping several regions across the archipelago.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has previously reported that that this year will see a drier dry season that will culminate between August and September.
Some regions have experienced 21 days without rain and remain on vigilant status. 31 days without rain means on standby status and some regions such as West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara have experienced 61 days without rain, meaning that they are on alert status, the President said before a limited meeting on the Anticipation of the Impacts of Drought at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (15/7).
The President also called for measures to ensure water supply both for clean water and agricultural purposes to reduce the risk of crop failure. We will carry out weather modification and build boreholes, if necessary. Ive assigned Ministry of the Environment and Forestry to monitor hot spots that can ignite forest and peatland fires, said the President. (HIM/EN/JAY/ES)
Translated by: Muhardi
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas