Indonesia' government has set an emergency drought alert status in seven provinces and 55 regencies until Monday - Photo: Special.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government set an emergency drought alert status in seven provinces and 55 regencies until Monday (07/22), said a spokesperson for National Disaster Management Agency Agus Wibowo. Each regent and mayor has determined the status through a decree.

He told Media that provinces in the regency and city areas set an emergency alert status for drought, including in Banten, West Java, Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara.

“We also identified 75 districts affected by drought including two districts in Bali,” said Wibowo at his office.

The most areas that determine drought alert status are in East Java Province. There are 25 districts that have determined this status.

Five districts and cities that have established drought emergency alert status are in East Nusa Tenggara Province namely East Sumba Regency, South Timor Tengah, Manggarai, Rote Ndao, and East Flores, and Kupang.

While, in West Nusa Tenggara, there are three regions that have established drought alert status such as Bima, Dompu and Sumbawa.

In addition to establishing disaster areas, the agency also mentions 75 drought-affected districts and cities as West Java (21 regencies), Banten (1), Central Java (21), Yogyakarta (2), East Java (10), Bali (2), East Nusa Tenggara (15), and West Nusa Tenggara (9).

“Viewed from the distribution of drought based on the level of administrative regions as follows, seven provinces, 75 districts, 490 sub-districts, and 1,821 villages,” said the spokesman.

He added that total clean water that has been distributed reaches 7,045,400 liters. Other strategies that have been pursued include increasing the number of tank cars, public hydrants, making boreholes, and water-saving campaigns.

To deal with this disaster, the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics body and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology has coordinated the operation of weather modification technology.

“The operation will be focused on handling drought and crop failure in identified areas,” said Wibowo.

According to him, currently, the potential of rain clouds is less than 70 percent, so that weather modification technology operations cannot be carried out. Based on data from the agency the potential for the next seven days of rain is still quite low for the Southern Sumatra region, Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

On the other hand, cloud growth and the potential for rain are still focused in northern Sumatra, East, and North Kalimantan, North Maluku, Maluku, West Papua, and Papua.

“However, aircraft belonging to Technology Assessment and Application Agency are always ready so that can be used at any time,” he concluded.

Written Willy Matrona, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com