Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Governor of Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria visited several locations in Jakarta that were hit by floods and landslides, on Saturday night.

Patria and several other local officials visited Ciganjur in South Jakarta, and Kedaung, as well as Kali Angke in West Jakarta, according information and photos uploaded on the official Twitter of the Jakarta National Disaster Mitigation Office Agency (BPBD), @BPBDJakarta.

In the uploaded photo, Riza Patria was seen wearing a BPBD Jakarta vest, mask, hat and boots.

Indonesia in general and Jakarta in particular have started to enter rainy season in September 2020. Earlier, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has called to step up disaster mitigation efforts on account of a spike in the number of natural disasters in recent years.

At a national coordination meeting in Jakarta, recently, with several representatives of the central and regional governments, BMKG Head Dwikorita Karnawati highlighted the increasing threat of natural disasters related to La Nina this year.

A moderate La Nina phenomenon is projected to cause an increase in rainfall from October to November and will have an impact in almost all parts of Indonesia, except for Sumatra.

Historical records indicate that La Nina can lead to an increase in the accumulated monthly precipitation in Indonesia by 20-40 percent above normal.

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