Jakarta (ANTARA) - The DKI Jakarta Water Office has deployed 461 mobile pumps across 5 locations in the capital city to anticipate the impact of extreme weather, which has been forecast until the beginning of January 2023.

"We also have 502 units of stationary pumps across 181 locations," said chief of the Water Office, Yusmada Faizal, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The office informed that a total of 185 mobile pumps are ready to be operated and 253 mobile pumps are being kept on standby for emergencies.

It has also deployed 4,179 officers at six locations in DKI Jakarta province.

At least 1,753 pumps and water gate operators are also being put on standby across five different locations.

Further, the office has deployed 230 units of heavy equipment as well as 464 garbage trucks that are normally used to transport waste from the rivers.

Based on data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), there is potential for heavy to very heavy rainfall, accompanied by storms and strong winds, in the capital from December 27, 2022, to January 2, 2023, the DKI Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reported.

DKI Jakarta is one of the areas that could potentially experience extreme weather from December 28–30, 2022, and has, consequently, been put on alert, it added.

The extreme weather could trigger hydrometeorological disasters, including floods, inundations, and landslides.

The BMKG said that the potential for extreme weather is due to active dynamics in the atmosphere around Indonesia, which have significant potential to cause increased rainfall in several areas.

These dynamics include increased activity of the Asian monsoon, which can significantly increase the growth of rain clouds in the western, central, and southern parts of Indonesia.

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