Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimated that the dry season would continue until October 2018 and could cause water shortage problems in various areas of Indonesia.

Head of Public Relations and Information Data Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated in a written statement on Monday night that some areas in the provinces of East Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta have been hit by drought.

"Many residents are asking for clean water supply, although the dry season is just entering the early period but in fact, some areas begin to experience drought," he said.

Some areas in Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta province have been affected by drought. They were Girisubo sub-district with 4,572 households, Ngelipar sub-district with 1,853 households or 5,637 inhabitants, Paliyan sub-district with 6,014 households or 20,769 people, Panggang sub-district with 1,232 households or 4,677 inhabitants, Purwosari sub-district with 912 households or 3,390 inhabitants, Rongkop sub-districts with 3,820 households or 11,800 people, Tanjungsari sub-districts with 3,100 households or 11,186 residents, Tepus sub-districts with 8,232 households or 32,851 inhabitants, Ponjong sub-districts with 766 households or 2,765 inhabitants, and Gedangsari sub-districts with 1,106 households or 3,448 people.

Due to the occurrence of drought disaster, the Regional Disaster Management Office of Gunung Kidul District has distributed 5,000 liters of clean water.

The office targeted to distribute 3,360 clean water tanks with a daily distribution of 24 clean water tanks, and six units of a 5,000 liter water tank fleet which are completed diesel-fueled water pumps, pipes and hoses.

"Distribution of clean water has started on June 4 until now," he said.

Reporter: Martha Herlinawati S
Editor: Otniel Tamindael
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