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Organizing the G20 Summit to Anticipate the Impact of Climate Change

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Cases of floods and landslides due to weather changes hit several areas in Bali Province. However, Bali Governor Wayan Koster stated that the incident would not interfere with preparations for the G20 Summit which will be held on November 15-16, 2022.

“There is no problem, the flood has been overcome, it is safe. In the short term, the evacuation has been handled, especially in Jembrana, outside (other districts) there are none, then food has been prepared, in the long term there will be relocation of residents in Jembrana there are about 20 families who may be relocated, the land has been prepared by the Bali Provincial Government, “explained Koster.

Furthermore, Koster explained that the decision to relocate was taken because at some points flash floods often occurred.

“And this was difficult yesterday, because the position of the house is under the road, it is not comfortable, so we are working on it, hopefully we all want to relocate, we have prepared and the house will be assisted by BNPB. For the G20, Bali is safe, there is no need to worry,” he said. 

The Bali Provincial Government has also instructed BMKG, BPBD, and the PUPR Office to coordinate with each other to mitigate the impact of weather changes.

Previously, the Central Java-Bali National Road Implementation Center (BBPJN) of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) stated that the handling of the Gilimanuk-Denpasar main route due to flash floods was completed before the G20 Summit took place.

“We make sure that the current handling will be completed before the G20,” explained the Head of the East Java-Bali BBPJN, Apri Artoto

Apri added that the handling carried out was to refill the Biluk Poh Bridge oprit which was eroded by water. Meanwhile, for bridge protection, steel slab pile foundations will be installed, both upstream and downstream.

Mitigation of disturbances due to natural factors ahead of the G20 Summit has also become the concern of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati said that BMKG had prepared various mitigation measures to anticipate the worst scenario if there was a disturbance during the G20 Summit.

These scenarios include dealing with an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 which can generate a tsunami wave within 20 to 38 minutes.

“Hopefully the G20 Summit will run safely and smoothly, there will be no earthquake or tsunami. But if it happens at any time, BMKG together with BNPB, BPBD, TNI-Polri are ready for the worst scenario,” said Dwikorita.

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