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BMKG forecasts heavy rains, high waves in waters off Bali

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Jakarta, IO – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned that a number of cities in Indonesia will see heavy rains accompanied by lightning and strong winds today, Wednesday (11/1), reported Katadata.

The rainfall may measure more than 50mm per day across several regions on Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, North Maluku, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.

It also issued an early warning regarding the potential for high waves up to 2m in the waters off Bali from January 10-12. The areas include southern part of the Bali Strait, Badung Strait, southern part of the Lombok Strait and the Indian Ocean.

BMKG Bali office head Cahyo Nugroho said for the next 3 days, the height of sea waves in the northern waters of Bali can range from 0.5-1.25 meters.

“And in the waters south of Bali it can reach to 1-3 meters while in Lombok Strait around 0.5-3 meters,” warned Cahyo.

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The BMKG also appealed to the people in Bali, especially fishermen and those working in the marine sector, to remain vigilant about the extreme weather, particularly in the northern and southern parts.

So far, there have been several incidents of tourists being pulled out to sea by strong waves, including at Batu Belig in North Kuta, Badung and Diamond Beach (Nusa Penida, Klungkung). (un)

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