Manokwari: The West Papua Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) urged residents and authorities to remain vigilant about flash floods and landslides that could occur in many parts of the province until March 2020.
"Referring to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency's (BMKG's) data, the rainfall will reach its peak from this month to March," the agency's head, Derek Ampnir, said in Manokwari, the capital of West Papua Province, Monday, February 24, 2020.
In anticipating the risks of floods and landslides, residents and authorities in vulnerable areas, such as Manokwari, South Manokwari, Wondama Cape, Arfak Highland, and Sorong city, should be well prepared.
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In addition, All necessary measures needed in disaster management, including prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery should be in place to minimize the unexpected impacts of a catastrophe.
"The risks of disasters are obvious. Warnings have also been issued. Please do not undermine the risks of disasters. We must be prepared for them,"he said.
According to him, local disaster mitigation agencies will function as leading parties in addressing the risks of disasters.
In April 2019, floods, arising from a continual torrential downpour, inundated numerous homes and a school in Sorong city. (Antara)