Indonesia warns of possible ‘catastrophic consequences’ of Chinese ‘uncontrolled’ weather event
Posted On October 1, 2021
Indonesia has warned of possible “catastrophe” if the country’s weather system continues to “catapult into the stratosphere” and intensify, amid the most severe weather in the country since the 1970s.
The country is currently experiencing one of its worst weather episodes in its history, with the mercury soaring to an eye-watering 5,100 degrees Celsius.
In a statement on Monday, the government said it was “extremely concerned” about the situation in the nation’s capital Jakarta, where temperatures have climbed to 5,700 degrees Celsius in the past 24 hours, breaking the record of 5,000 degrees Celsius set on September 1.
“We are calling on the international community to intensify efforts to contain the extreme weather situation in Jakarta, as well as mobilise the necessary resources to protect the health and safety of the population,” the statement read.
Authorities have already declared a state of emergency and imposed heavy restrictions on the city’s roads, including the closure of major shopping centres and restaurants.
Many people are also reportedly unable to go to work and are forced to stay indoors.
More than 40 people have died from heat-related illnesses in Indonesia, the deadliest in Asia in recent years, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
A total of 15,936 deaths have been recorded in the Indonesian capital, with more than 4,000 in the surrounding provinces of Aceh and Borneo.
Most of the deaths have occurred since the beginning of September, with authorities blaming the heatwave on a prolonged and intense drought that has devastated the country, which was hit hard by a devastating 1997-98 pandemic.
Indonesia has been hit by two severe weather events in recent months: the coronavirus pandemic in late 2016 that killed more than 15,000 people and a massive wildfire in early 2017 that killed nearly 17,000, the health ministry said.
During the pandemic, the Indonesian health ministry recorded almost 17,500 deaths from respiratory illnesses, with nearly 11,000 of them due to heat-induced respiratory illnesses.
Despite the outbreak of coronaviruses, the global health community has generally not blamed the country for the outbreak.
President Joko Widodo has vowed to take the nation to “maximum measures” against the spread of the pandemics, saying his administration will fight “unprecedented” heatwaves.
As the weather warms, the weather system has already been on a “cataclysmic trajectory” since the start of the current heatwave, according to Jakarta’s mayor, Basuki “Ahok”.
“The coronaviral virus has been spreading globally for the last three years.
We are facing unprecedented heat waves in Indonesia,” he said in a video released on Monday afternoon.
But Indonesia’s weather minister has urged people to “not get too caught up in the drama” and to take precautions, warning that “the heat is already starting to affect us”.
The coronave weather system, which is the result of weather patterns, has caused widespread power cuts and widespread crop damage.
At least 20,000 houses have been destroyed in the provinces of Sulawesi and Papua province, according the weather ministry.