Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast that the rainy season will begin in 10 percent of the country's regions at the end of October 2023.

The agency, on Tuesday, projected "slight and moderate rains" in the regions, including in major parts of Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, West Sumatra, and Bengkulu.

Certain parts of West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Maluku, West Papua, and Papua would also start experiencing the rainy season at the end of October.

Head of West Papua Province's Climatology Station Uci Sanusi said recently that the rainy season would begin in October 2023 in Manokwari District, West Papua, and in November and December in several other areas in West Papua and Southwest Papua.

The rainy season in the two provinces is forecast to peak in January, March, and July 2024, Sanusi remarked while urging related authorities and local residents to take precautionary measures to deal with potential flooding.

Meanwhile, moderate flooding has been forecast in Sidey Sub-district of Manokwari District, Mare Sub-district of Maybrat District, Moskona Timur Sub-district of Teluk Bintuni District, and Wasior Sub-district of Teluk Wondama District.

"Moderate flooding could also occur in the sub-districts of Fakfak Timur, Kokas, and Mbahamdandara in Fakfak District in December," Sanusi stated.

According to Sanusi, regional administrations and local residents should also stay alert for extreme weather during the transition from dry to rainy season.

The extreme weather will be marked by strong winds and high-intensity rainfall, he stated.

ANTARA reported that West Papua Province has repeatedly experienced natural disasters.

In 2019, for instance, a flood triggered by incessant and heavy rains swept away at least three homes in Mimboy Village, Masni Sub-district, Manokwari District.

A bridge located in Meiforga and another one connecting Jowen and Mimboy also collapsed due to flooding. The bridge collapse inflicted material losses amounting to around Rp2 billion.

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