Jakarta: The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) will resume the Weather Modification Technology (TMC) Operation which aims to reduce flooding in the Greater Jakarta area.
Head of the BPPT Weather Modification Technology Center (BBTMC) Tri Handoko Seto admitted that the operation was hampered by the weather yesterday on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Heavy rain that flushed Jakarta thwarted the cloud seeding process.
"Cloud seeding is done so that rain can fall in other regions before reaching the Greater Jakarta area," Seto said in his written statement, Jakarta on Monday, January 6, 2020.
According to Seto, this operation will be done by spreading salt or sodium chloride (NaCl) against potential rain clouds. To carry out this operation, BPPT will cooperate with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the Climatology and Geophysics Meteorological Agency (BMKG), and the Air Force (AU).
This operation has been carried out through the TMC Command Post at Halim Perdanakusuma Lanud, East Jakarta since January 3, 2020. This operation is expected to reduce the impact of flooding in Greater Jakarta.
In this operation, BPPT will borrow two Indonesian Air Force aircraft, namely Cassa-212 A-2105 and CN-295 A-2901. The plan is that the aircraft will head towards West-Northwest and West-Southwest of the Greater Jakarta Area.