State-owned train operator PT KAI has cancelled all inter-city trains heading to and leaving from Jakarta today as the company’s workers work against the clock to fix a flooded train track in Bekasi regency.
The flooded track, located between Lemahabang and Kedunggedeh stations in Bekasi regency, represents part of the only railway that connects inter-city trains at Jakarta’s two major stations, Gambir and Senen, to major destinations throughout Java, including West Java’s Bandung and East Java’s Surabaya.
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“Today, all train journeys to and from Senen and Gambir are cancelled,” PT KAI VP of Public Relations Joni Martinus said.
The track and the area surrounding it has been flooded after heavy rain in the area caused a nearby river to overflow since Saturday. All 42 scheduled trains to and from Jakarta on Sunday were cancelled, as were the same 42 on Monday.
PT KAI said it is fixing considerable damage to the foundations of the flooded track and has offered no estimate as to when normal operations may resume.
All passengers on the affected trips are entitled to full refunds or free rescheduling from PT KAI. Passengers with tickets for the coming days are being urged to regularly check PT KAI’s social media channels for updates on the repair of the flooded track.
The Greater Jakarta Area saw intense and frequent rainfall over the weekend, triggering floods throughout the capital that killed five people, including four children.