Durian. Heavy winds hit villages in Indonesia’s East Java on Sunday (20/10) leaving at least one person killed and over 1,000 displaced, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in a statement.
The local Mitigation Agency also reported damages in infrastructures including public facilities, and disruptions in communications and electricity networking systems.
The Agency’s emergency response unit has been teaming up with volunteers and the Indonesia’s military and police to evacuate the areas. Over 1,000 residents were forced to flee their homes and moved into temporary shelters.
Aid including food, mattresses, medicines, and baby diapers has been distributed to the affected residents.
Heavy winds towards change of season
According to the country’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, heavy winds are a sign of the change from the dry to rainy season.
The powerful wind moves at a maximum speed of 45 kilometres per hour and has the potential to cause damages. This phenomenon may last for more than one week, the agency said.