Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian police informed that hundred of thousands of travelers have hit the road during Christmas and New Year holiday season as 69,930 cars had left Jakarta for the Trans Java toll road on Friday and Saturday.

Of the number, 51,082 vehicles left Jakarta on Saturday while 18,848 others departed from the city on Friday, the police spokesperson for the Operation Candle 2023 Sen.Coms. Tjahyono Saputro said here on Sunday.

They headed to the Trans Java toll road through the Cikampek Utama toll gate in West Java, he said, adding that the figure was recorded during the two-day implementation of "Operasi Lilin" (Operation Candle).

Meanwhile, the total number of vehicles heading to Jakarta through the Cikampek Utama toll road in West Java Province was recorded at 18,142 cars on Saturday and 8,710 cars on Friday, he said.

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The police further recorded that 41,503 cars left Jakarta for Bandung, the capital of West Java, through the Kalihurip toll gate on Saturday, and 16,342 cars on Friday, Saputro said.

The number of cars entering Jakarta through the Kalihurip toll gate stood at 29,418 units on Saturday, and 18,542 cars on Friday, he said.

In addition, some 38,575 cars had left Jakarta on Saturday for Puncak, a famous tourist destination in West Java Province, through the Ciawi toll gate, he said.

Travelers who left Jakarta for cities in Sumatra Island had also been observed. On Friday, 3,806 cars were recorded to have headed to Merak ferry port through the Merak toll gate.

On Saturday, the police noted that 4,115 more cars passed through the Merak toll gate and headed Merak ferry port, he added.

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Regarding this year's Christmas and year-end exodus period, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has planned to release a disaster susceptibility map for regional governments and roadtrippers.

The map charts areas that are vulnerable to flooding, landslides, and extreme weather, according to BNPB head Lt. General Suharyanto.

Speaking at a ministerial meeting here recently, he said that the map will hopefully help holidaymakers remain alert for any disaster risk in the places they pass through or visit.

The provision of the guide maps is part of the agency's disaster preparedness and mitigation-related efforts to reduce the impacts of natural disasters, Suharyanto added.

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