Indonesian President urges ministers to prepare for upcoming La Nina weather pattern

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Urging his ministers to prepare for the potentially disastrous impact of a forthcoming La Nina weather pattern, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said it can lead to heavy flooding, landslides and affect agricultural output adversely.

Citing data from the country’s weather agency, he said monthly rain volumes could increase by between 20%-40% over normal levels.

“I want all of us to prepare in anticipation of possible hydrometeorological disasters and to really calculate the impact of La Nina on agricultural production,” Jokowi said.