Balikpapan, E Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) on Monday issued a three-day early warning for heavy rain and strong winds in East Kalimantan.

The agency's Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman (SAMS) Class I Meteorological Station in Sepinggan, Balikpapan, informed that several regions in East Kalimantan will potentially experience heavy rain accompanied by lightning and strong winds of short duration over three days from January 10 to 12, 2022.

The heavy rain may lead to slippery roads, floods, fallen trees, landslides, and other issues, so the community and related parties, such as the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) in each region, must prepare anticipatory steps, a forecaster at SAMS in Sepinggan, Heni Herlina, said here on Monday.

According to BMKG's forecast, West Kutai District, which includes the sub-districts of Bentian Besar, Bongan, and Long Iram, will likely witness heavy rain along with lightning and short-duration strong winds on Monday.

Meanwhile, Muara Wahau in East Kutai District, the sub-districts of Babulu and Penajam in Penajam Paser Utara District, and Kelay in Berau District will also be at risk, the agency said.

On Monday, bad weather is likely to impact the districts of Paser (Batu Sopang and Tanah Grogot), Mahakam Ulu (Laham, Long Apari, and Long Bangun), and Kutai Kartanegara (Tenggarong, Muara Badak, Muara Jawa, and Tabang), it added.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the impact of inclement weather is expected to be felt in Balikpapan city and the districts of Berau (Kelay and Derawan Island), West Kutai (Bentian Besar, Tabang, Sendawar, Damai, Melak, Bongan, Long Iram, and Muara Pahu), Paser (Batu Sopang and Tanah Grogot), Mahakam Ulu, Kutai Kartanegara (Tenggarong sub-district), and East Kutai (Bengalon, Muara Ancalong, Muara Muntai, and Kongbeng sub-districts).

On Wednesday, severe weather has been forecast in the sub-districts of Tanah Grogot, Bongan, Muara Jawa, Long Iram, Long Apari, Loa Janan Ilir, Bengalon, Sendawar, Kongbeng, Long Apari, and Damai.

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