Daily Archives: February 2, 2019

Today, BMKG Predicted Thunderstorm in Several Jakarta Regions

Weather forecast from Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated that light rain is potential to fall in most Jakarta areas.

According to BMKG’s Public Relation Head, Taufan Maulana information, light rain to fall in West Jakarta, North Jakarta and Thousand Islands but cloudy in other areas this morning.

“Rain is potential to fall in North Jakarta, Central Jakarta and West Jakarta in afternoon. While thunderstorm in South Jakarta and East Jakarta,” he mentioned, Saturday (2/2).

Tonight, Jakarta to be mostly cloudy but at dawn, rain to fall in West Jakarta and Thousand Islands.

“Humidity could reach 80-100 with temperature between 24-31 Celsius degree. Wind blows from west to east around 05-30 kilometers per hour,” he said.

Source: Berita Jakarta

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Padang

Padang, W Sumatra(ANTARA News) – An earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale, jolted Padang, West Sumatra Province, on Sunday at 4:27 p.m. local time.

The quakes epicenter was located at 3.03 degrees southern latitude and 99.84 degrees eastern longitude, 117 kilometers (km) southeast of Padangpariaman, and at a depth 17 km.

Reports on damages and casualties were not immediately available.

Source: ANTARA News

President Jokowi calls for materialization of early warning system

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodi (Jokowi) has called for materialization of a disaster early warning system in Indonesia.

“An integrated early warning system developed on the basis of recommendations from the results of researches, studies, and experts, must be used,” President Jokowi noted in his address to participants of the National Coordinating Meeting on Disaster Mitigation 2019, here, Saturday.

Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Lt Gen. Doni Monardo and East Java Governor Soekarwo were present at the coordinating meeting in which some four thousand Indonesians and foreigners participated.

“On this good occasion, Mr Doni (Monardo), as the BNPB chief, will coordinate with all relevant ministries and institutions to materialize the early warning system that we will take care of,” the president stated.

He also called for preparing the maps of evacuation routes for disaster victims, similar to those of Japan.

Boards depicting early warning and evacuation route maps must be put in place this year, he stated.

He also ordered for routine simulations of disaster mitigation efforts, from the national to neighborhood levels, to make the public prepared to face natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and tsunamis.

According to data of the BNPB, a total of 2,572 natural disasters had hit during 2018.

January and February are the peak months of the rainy season that could trigger flooding, landslides, and whirlwinds.

In January 2019, Indonesia was hit by 366 natural disasters that claimed 94 lives or led to several missing, injured 149, and affected and displaced 88,613 others.

The catastrophes also damaged 4,013 homes and 146 public facilities.

More than 98 percent of the natural disasters in January this year were hydrometeorological in nature.

Compared to the number of natural disasters in January 2018, the number in the same period this year increased by 57.1 percent; the number of dead and missing victims, up by 308.7 percent; and injured victims by 186.5 percent.

The number of people affected and taking refuge in safer places decreased by 49.8 percent and the number of damaged homes, down by 59.7 percent.

Source: ANTARA News

New Pedestrian Bridges in Sudirman Expected to Be Jakarta’s New Icon

Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) pedestrian bridge (JPO), Bundaran Senayan JPO, and Polda Metro Jaya JPO which are currently being revitalized on Jalan Sudirman are expected to attract more tourists to visit Jakarta.

Revitalization is not only done to give more comfort to pedestrians who want to cross the road, but it also presents an artistic and modern ambience from its beautiful design and lighting.

Jakarta Bina Marga Department Head, Hari Nugroho conveyed, those pedestrian bridges are expected to be the new tourism alternative in Jakarta.

“Governor instructed us to make those JPOs comfortable, disabled-friendly and modern since it is planned to be one of Jakarta’s icon,” he stated, Saturday (2/2).

Those three JPOs are also equipped with lift and CCTV for pedestrian safety and comfort.

Currently, Bundaran Senayan JPO’s revitalization has been completed, but revitalization progress in GBK JPO reaches 90 percent and 70 percent in Polda Metro Jaya JPO.

“Our target is to complete JPOs revitalization project by this month. We will launch it when it’s finished,” he said.

Source: Berita Jakarta