El Niño Predicted to Create Prolonged Drought Conditions in Wide Areas of Bali - Tourism Indonesia




Thursday, August 27, 2015

El Niño Predicted to Create Prolonged Drought Conditions in Wide Areas of Bali

The Jakarta Post quotes the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) warning that Bali may soon find itself in the midst of severe drought as the rainy season, expected in October, will be delayed.

BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwonugroho warns: "Several areas are experiencing drought in Bali. It could worsen."  He also predicts that water shortages would soon affect Bali, large areas of Java, and West and East Nusa Tenggara.

The Bali BPBD said four regencies in Bali were already experiencing drought conditions: Buleleng (North Bali), Karangasem (East Bali) Klungkung and Bangli.

Official State Weather forecasters (BMKG) say some areas of Buleleng, western Jembrana and south Denpasar are predicted to get no rain for 30 days or more. The situation is even more severe in other area such as some portions of Buleleng, Bangli, Jembrana and South Bandung where rain is not expected for 60 days or more.

Among the areas expected to be the driest are in the popular tourist areas of Kuta, Tuban, Jimbaran and Pecatu.

A strong El Niño weather system may keep large areas of Bali dry through the end of 2015.

"The BMKG predicts that El Niño will affect areas south of the equator. The dry season will be more severe as rainfall will be extremely low until the end of this year," Sutopo said.

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