Storms and high rainfall have caused floods across various regions and have undermined harvesting and collection efforts for many products. The weather conditions in Indonesia are expected to remain poor until late March.
Indonesia’s weather is generally said to be predictable – ‘hot with the chance of rain’ could be said for 90% of the year. However, in recent months that line is increasingly more likely to be ‘hot with heavy rains’.
Torrential downpours across Indonesia have led to widespread flooding throughout the country. The capital city, Jakarta, has been particularly affected, with the Jakarta Observatory recording more than 144 millimetres (about 5.7 inches) of rainfall in just 24 hours as recently as February 28th; more than the total average rainfall for the month of February.
The heavy rains have caused flooding that has killed at least four people and led to the evacuation of more than 20,000. Schools and offices have been forced to close, and floodwaters have inundated hundreds of homes, causing significant damage to property.
It’s not just rains but there have also been 3 earthquakes in Aceh in just over two months, causing much disruption to supplies:
7th December – 100+ killed in Aceh earthquake (6.5 magnitude)
16th February – Two more earthquakes in Aceh (5.1 and 5.6 magnitude).
This sustained period of adverse weather is impacting most of Indonesia’s essential oil supplies, some more than others. Here’s the latest.