⛈ This Season Too, Shall Pass! ⛈

 Author: Leandro Ravael (BT ‘22), Andrea Zefany Wirjolukito (FT ‘22), Novita Tjahjono (FT ‘21), Enrico Rolando (BT ‘23), and Naomi Jessie Purnomo (BM ‘23)

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics (BMKG) reports that the rainy season in Indonesia has extended, with no signs of ending even into early March. This prolonged period of rain brings various challenges and severe consequences! The increased frequency and intensity of rainfall heighten the risk of flooding, leading to property damage and transportation disruptions. Moreover, stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes, amplifying the spread of illnesses such as dengue fever and malaria. Contaminated water sources raise the chance of outbreaks of diseases like cholera and typhoid fever.

Most of us must have been affected by this situation! Recalling the end of last February, Thursday on the 29th, where almost all classes were canceled due to the flooding around our campus. According to Kumparan and BeritaSatu news, on that day, the flood depth level reached 25 cm in Kelapa Gading, with 34 areas in Jakarta being affected with flooding because of the “neverending” rain. This also increased the traffic rate in specific areas that are influenced by this issue.

 

What to prepare?

Especially for you who stay in the Guest House or sharehome and walk to the campus everyday, you will need this Rainy Season Survival Kit!

  1. Rubber Shoe Covers

This is a must-have item as you wouldn’t want to step into a huge puddle and soak your shoes and socks. These shoe covers are readily available in online shops and are very lightweight. Plus, the soles feature an anti-slip design, so you can walk confidently without worrying about slipping.

  1. Bag/backpack raincoat

Is your backpack too big for just an umbrella? If you happen to have a waterproof bag, that would be great! However, this is a great option for keeping your regular bag and valuables inside dry. No more wet lab journals!

  1. Lightweight umbrella/raincoat

Small and lightweight umbrellas are ideal as they take up less space and do not add extra weight to your bag. They are also easier to carry, especially when you have a lot of items with you. Similarly, opt for a thin, lightweight, and water-resistant raincoat for added convenience.

Other than that, the continuous rainy season could increase potential risk of common diseases, such as fever, influenza, headache, nausea, and many more. This is due to the rainy season, which makes the temperature fluctuate easily, thereby being the main reason for cold and flu. Moreover, never-ending rain may eventually provide optimal conditions for breeding of mosquitoes or flie. This will also increase the chances of people getting infected by transmitted diseases, such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A, and leptospirosis.

To prevent getting impacted by these downsides, we could try to boost our immune system! As simple as consuming more vitamins, fruits, and vegetables. Also, getting enough sleep could aid in supporting the prevention, as when our body rests,  the endocrine system releases cytokines that fight infection through immune system regulation. Last but not least, follow the previous tips to prepare the kit wherever you go!

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