Jakarta, Sept 23, 2017 (Antara) - Indonesia is prone to hydrometeorological disasters such as flooding in rainy season and wildfires or severe drought during dry season.
This September is the peak of dry season, and several regions have experiences drought that has led to clean water shortage.
In East Java Province, for instance, at least 169 villages have been hit by drought and scarcity of clean water supply this year.
The worst dry season is yet to come by the end of Sept 2017, so that the impact could be more disastrous, Sudarmawan, head of the East Java disaster mitigation office stated.
In East Nusa Tenggara, the provincial government has declared emergency status of drought as several regions have not had rains since Aug, and wells, rivers, and springs have dried up.
In South Karawang near Pangkalan Sub-district, Karawang District, West Java, several springs have dried up during the current drought.
"Not only springs but the rivers in our region have also dried up. The local inhabitants have been facing a shortage of clean water," Usep Supriatna, the Pangkalan sub-district head, noted in Kerawang on Sept 23.
Eight villages have been hit by the drought, and some 10 thousand people have been affected over the last several weeks.
"The BPBD (local disaster mitigation office) has provided clean water to our regions several times," he noted.
According to data of Karawang's BPBD, the drought has affected 30 villages in the district, an increase from 25 villages last year.
In response to the disaster, the central government has outlined precautionary measures to handle drought in some regions in Indonesia.