Logistics sector is estimated to suffer over Rp 1 trillion loss of massive flooding throughout the country, according to Indonesia Logistics and Forwarders’ Association ALFI/ILFA.
ALFI Chairman Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi said such potential loss is a total of activities of delivery and transportation delay, stop operation of warehouse, potential damage of cargoes, and potential damage of logistics facilities and equipments.
“For a while, we predict the total loss in logistics industries during the massive flood throughout the country in early year is reaching over Rp 1 trillion,” said Yukki.
Heavy rainfall since Tuesday night (December 31, 2019) had caused massive flooding in several areas in Indonesia, especially the Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek). The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the worst rainfall in over a decade on New Year’s Eve with 377 millimeters per day of intensity.
Severe flooding in Jakarta that’s left swaths of the capital underwater has killed teens people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, according to Indonesia’s disaster agency.
Torrential rains have been pounding the greater Jakarta region since New Year’s Eve, causing 62,453 people to be evacuated to temporary shelters, the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said in a statement Thursday.
Most of the victims died in Bogor district and East Jakarta, the agency said. Among the dead, 17 were swept away by the floods, five were buried by landslides and five were electrocuted.
Heavy rains are predicted to continue through to January 10, it added.
The flooding is the worst the city has seen in decades. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency measured 15 inches of rain at an East Jakarta airport on January 1, the highest flood reading since 1996,
Yukki called on the government, especially the government of Jakarta, to prepare flood contingency plans and expressed hope that this tragedy could serve as an important lesson for the administration.
“Surely, it is not the business of logistics and delivery service that suffer loss from this, but also other sectors. Its impact to economy activity is massive. So, serious anticipation is needed to prevent any potential loss in the future,” he said.
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