Raising awareness of hydrometeorological disasters crucial: expert

Raising awareness of hydrometeorological disasters crucial: expert

Dr. Indra Permanajati, a disaster mitigation expert at the University of General Soedirman (Unsoed). (ANTARA - Wuryanti PS)

Purwokerto, C Java (ANTARA) - Dr Indra Permanajati of the General Soedirman University (Unsoed) reminded of the importance of preparing mitigatory measures and raising awareness of hydrometeorological disasters during the transition from dry to rainy season.

"People must be aware of hydrometeorological disasters during the transitional season, especially those living in disaster-prone locations," Permanajati noted in Purwokerto, Banyumas District, on Thursday.

The coordinator of geological disasters at the Mitigation Center of Jenderal Soedirman University explained that hydrometeorological disasters are those influenced by water-related fluctuations, including rainfall.

Permanajati believes such disasters include floods, landslides, and strong winds that could be affected by changing seasons.

Hence, he highlighted the need for the community to increase awareness in the event of moderate- to high-intensity rainfall for a long duration.

"Information on disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation efforts must continue to be disseminated to the entire community," he emphasized.

The member of the Indonesian Association of Disaster Experts also noted that disseminating information on the importance of mitigation efforts to reduce the impact of disaster risks should be intensified to build awareness and increase community preparedness for possible disasters.

Meanwhile, Head of the Geophysical Station of BMKG Banjarnegara, Central Java, Setyoajie Prayoedhie, reminded the public to be sentient of the possibility of extreme weather during the transition from dry to the rainy season.

"Banyumas, Banjarnegara, Purbalingga, and other districts in Central Java are currently entering the transitional period from dry to rainy season, so they need to be aware of the possibility of extreme weather," he stated.

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