Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, said on Monday that around 107 million people are expected to travel during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

He said that the peak of the Christmas' homecoming flow is expected from December 22 to 23, and the peak of the return flow is estimated from December 26 to 27.

"Meanwhile, the peak of the New Year's holiday flow is predicted to occur on December 23–30, and the peak of the return flow will be on December 1–2, 2024," he added.

Head of Traffic Corps at the National Police (Polri), Aan Suhanan, said that his team has prepared several traffic management schemes to support people's mobility during the holidays.

Polri will regulate the entry and exit of vehicles at each rest area on the toll road to ensure smooth traffic flow, he added.

The police will also implement traffic engineering such as diverting traffic, activating one lane, and contraflow on roads to tourist attractions, he said.

Suhanan said that his team has also prepared a scheme to regulate vehicle traffic at ports to prevent traffic jams.

"The traffic operation at ports will use a delaying system or buffer zone. We will regulate the flow of vehicles to the port to avoid congestion," he stated.

Meanwhile, Head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Vice Marshal Kusworo, said that his agency has mapped disaster-prone locations and carried out disaster mitigation simulations ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Basarnas is also increasing preparations for hydrometeorological disasters, considering that the holidays will take place in the rainy season, he added.

"Since November, Basarnas has carried out disaster simulations, especially at vulnerable locations in Jakarta and throughout Java Island," he said.

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