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In Disaster Management: Prepare for the Worst

Water-based and Seismic Disasters Represent the Biggest Threat to Bali

Based on a review of natural disasters and other emergencies occurring in the Province of Bali in 2019 compiled by the Provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD-Bali) and the Center for Disaster Management Agency (Pusdalops PB), the trend in natural disasters and the number of casualties has diminished as compared to 2018.

As reported by Beritabali.com, in 2019, BPBD-Bali recorded 1,094 disaster incidents dominated by hydro-meteorological events such as droughts, floods, and landslides. Hydro-meteorological events dominated all disaster incidents at 81% and 19% were listed as geological disasters. Losses resulting from natural disasters totaled Rp. 8,792,100,000 in 2019.

Projections for 2020 - based on input from relevant agencies, experts, and by extrapolating developing trends – suggest Bali should be ready to handle hydro-meteorological and geological events such as drought, extreme weather, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

The Operational Director of BPBD-Bali is recommending the people of Bali be on guard and only use early warnings of disasters from reputable sources avoiding other news sources that may be hoax-based. The Operational Director warned that preparedness is of the utmost importance. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has reminded all concerned in disaster management that prevention must be the first consideration in reducing the impact of any natural disasters.

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