Jakarta hit by flooding as cyclones trigger extreme rainfall

Parts of Indonesian capital and its suburbs were flooded after two tropical cyclones off the nation’s coast triggered extremely heavy rainfall, inundating houses in low-lying areas and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

More than 200 spots of flooding were reported in Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bekasi and Tangerang with the water level in Ciliwung river that runs through the capital rising to a dangerous level, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Heavy rainfall may continue to lash the greater Jakarta area under the influence of tropical cyclone Esther in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Ferdinand in the Indian Ocean, the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency said on Twitter. 

We at BDP International are relieved that our employees in the affected area are safe, but as a precaution, the Jakarta team will be working remotely for 2/25 and 2/26. 

The port situation is as follows:

  • Field runners are unable to access the port at this time
  • Trucking deliveries are heavily affected
  • There is massive port congestion in areas close to Jakarta port

We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will keep our customers apprised of any affected shipments. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local BDP representative.

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Sources: Bloomberg, BDP International