High intensity rain in southern Central Java on Saturday caused floods and landslides across several areas. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) records that flooding and landslides have occurred in at least 16 towns and cities across the province, killing at least 35 people and 25 people remain missing. June is usually relatively dry in the region, but the National Climatology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency has issued a warning for potential rain for late June and early July in five provinces. High tides and waves are also predicted for the southern coast of Sumatra, Java and East Nusa Tenggara.
The much talked about new Soekarno Hatta Terminal extension is apparently still far from operating any time soon. Previously reported to be ready by Idul Fitri (first week of July), the opening of the new terminal has been delayed for at least two weeks after the authorities deemed the facility unfit to welcome its first travellers, media reports said. A first phase opening of the new “Terminal 3 Ultimate” had been scheduled for Monday, initially serving passengers on domestic and international flights by national carrier Garuda Indonesia, but Transportation Ministry officials decided it would be too risky. This time, we have to applaud the Ministry of Transportation to not rush into things.
This July, the Jakarta administration will start implementing an odd-even license plate policy as a temporary solution to ease traffic congestion in the capital. The trial will be held from July 20 to Aug. 20, while the official implementation is going to be on August 23 until electronic road pricing [ERP] is introduced by the end of 2017.Consumer groups have addressed critics over the policy, as weak monitoring could encourage bribing of police officers and even give rise to a rogue business of falsifying license plate numbers, The Jakarta Post reports.
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