New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Advice for New Zealanders in Indonesia: flooding in Jakarta

During the wet season (October- March), the greater Jakarta area (which includes Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi districts) is prone to floods and mudslides. In recent weeks, the very heavy rains in Jakarta (and even more so in the mountainous areas of Bogor district, home to the sources of a great number of rivers that cut through the greater Jakarta area) have created severe flooding in many parts of the capital and its surrounding districts. The Jakarta Governor has stepped up the capital city's flooding alert to its highest level. The flooding problem is likely to paralyse more parts of the capital if the heavy rains continue in coming days.

The flooding problem in Jakarta has caused some fatalities and the displacement of almost 10,000 citizens. The flooding may have a significant impact on the availability of such key services as emergency and medical care, telecommunications, transport, as well as the food and water supplies. After the water subsides, there will remain a high risk of contracting water-borne diseases.

We encourage New Zealand citizens resident or visiting Jakarta to monitor the local media closely to stay informed of any developments. You should also follow the advice of local authorities i.e. evacuation orders.

If you require consular assistance, please phone the New Zealand Embassy +62 21 2995 5800. For emergency assistance after hours please phone +62 21 2995 5800 extn 111.

Travel advice updated at www.safetravel.govt.nz on 18 January 2013.

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