Eastern parts of Indonesia have been witnessing torrential rainfall activity during the last two days with Saumlaki village which is on Yamdena Island witnessing a whopping 281 mm of rain. These rains can be attributed to a depression which is in the Banda Sea and may intensify into a storm as well.
The system is currently located at 128 degrees East and 9 degrees South. More heavy showers are expected to be seen over the region which may even trigger landslides in some parts. The probability of a Cyclone development is quite high as conditions in Banda Sea are favourable.
Sea surface temperatures are at around 29 degrees, and the winds in the atmosphere are also not as strong to cause any disruption from the formation of the storm. The storm may develop in the next 24 hours and is expected to track in a southwestward direction.
East Timor along with Indonesian islands including Leti as well as Babar are all likely to get some showers from the upcoming storm, with some parts seeing rains as much as 750mm of rain.
This could lead to flooding and landslides, which is not uncommon in Indonesia, somewhat because of deforestation. During New Year’s Eve, a landslide which took place in Western Java caused the deaths of 15 people.