PATA is advising travellers to defer travelling to Jakarta for now, as the situation remains chaotic in the city after heavy flooding. Travellers should also be cautious when travelling to West Java (Bandung/Bogor) as heavy rains are also expected. Jakarta is now under Emergency Decree until 27th January to help relevant authorities to take the appropriate measures to help the city respond effectively and quickly. The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has urged residents to avoid leaving their homes.
Pouring rain and strong storms on Wednesday and Thursday disrupted daily life in Jakarta. Local authorities speak now of 100,000 people being evacuated. Water levels at several sluice gates continue to rise while sporadic electricity black-out has affected the work of water pumps.
However, other major tourist destinations in Indonesia are safe to visit. Bali, Medan and Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Yogyakarta in Central Java and Surabaya in East Java have NOT been affected by flooding.