Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has sought easier public access to weather forecast and warnings of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to increase awareness on potential disasters.

At an online limited meeting on natural disaster in West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara from the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Tuesday, Jokowi remarked that all regional leaders and the public should be able to access and monitor the weather forecast issued by the BMKG.

"They should be able to receive the information. Thus, people could increase awareness to address the potential risk of strong winds, flooding, flash floods, and landslide," he remarked.

The head of state also urged the agency to intensify warnings on extreme weather triggered by the tropical cyclone Seroja.

Jokowi ordered the public works and public housing minister to expedite renovation of damaged infrastructure after the cyclone hit West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.

"Restore the electricity line, telecommunication, internet line, and also the distribution of logistics and fuel oil, so that humanitarian aid can be distributed soon to victims of the disaster," Jokowi stressed.

President Jokowi has appealed to the public to take precautionary measures against further risk of extreme weather in several parts of the country.

Tropical cyclone Seroja hit the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara on Monday (April 5) after midnight, triggering flash floods and landslides that killed at least 128.

The tropical cyclone has affected the provincial capital of Kupang and the districts of East Flore, Malaka, Lembata, Ngada, West Sumba, East Sumba, Rote Ndao, and Alor.

On Saturday (April 3), the BMKG had issued a warning to the people of East Nusa Tenggara of coastal flooding forecast to occur on April 1-3, 2021, in parts of the province.

The tidal phenomenon is projected to occur in parts of the province, including on the north coast of Flores Island and Alor Island, the north or south coast of Timor Island and Rote Island. Related news: BMKG cautions community of likely coastal flooding in NTT's regions
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Editor: Suharto
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