October 28, 2020, 06.23 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Worsening climate change will have Indonesia facing an increasingly significant disaster risk.

Doni Monardo, Head of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), has called on Indonesians to increase their literacy on disaster literacy to better prepare for incoming extreme weather.

Doni added that the World Bank lists Indonesia as one of 35 countries that are at high risk of facing natural disasters.

Read also: Leaders Warn UN: If Covid-19 Doesn’t Kill Us, Climate Change Will

“Going forward, we have to improve our capability and knowledge about disasters,” he said.

Indonesia’s rich natural surroundings expose the country to the numerous impacts of climate change.

Doni said that BNPB has divided regions across Indonesia into different disaster risk clusters.

The first of which is the geology and volcanology cluster given that Indonesia is home to over 500 volcanoes including 127 active volcanoes, three of which have erupted and changed the course of mankind.

“We have nearly 300 tectonic plates including in Jakarta and its surroundings.”

Read also: Sink or Swim as Rising Sea Levels to Reach 40cm by 2100

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