BNPB records 1,560 natural disasters during Jan 1-July 15 period

BNPB records 1,560 natural disasters during Jan 1-July 15 period

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded a total of 1,560 natural disasters occurring in Indonesia during the period from January 1 to July 15, 2021.

The natural disasters that struck mostly comprised hydrometeorological disasters, such as floods, whirlwinds, landslides, and forests fires, the agency noted in a statement here on Thursday.

The hydrometeorological disasters comprised 651 floods, 428 whirlwinds, 318 landslides, and 118 forest fires.

Moreover, the country was hit by 21 incidents of tidal waves and abrasion, 21 instances of earthquakes, and three episodes of droughts.

The natural disasters had affected and displaced 5,465,965 people, claimed 498 lives, rendered 68 people missing, and injured 12,867 others.

The natural catastrophies also caused damage to 128,147 houses, including 15,031 that incurred heavy damage, 23,205 houses that suffered moderate damage, and 89,911 homes that experienced minor damage.

Furthermore, 2,930 public facilities were damaged, including 1,370 school buildings, 1,213 places of worship, 347 health facilities, 493 office buildings, and 304 bridges.

The agency's spokesman, Raditya Jati, reminded the public to exercise vigil and stay alert to various potential disasters.

Jati also urged the public to be heedful of weather forecasts issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

"Another potential danger is earthquake that could occur at any time. In addition, another danger posed is the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to spread in the community," he pointed out.

The public can also access relevant applications, such as InaRISK, BMKG Info, and Magma Indonesia, for information on potential hazards and risks of disasters. Related news: ASEAN, ICRC stress on building adaptability in face of disasters
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