Maksum Nur Fauzan
The Gajah Mungkur dam is located in Wonogiri regency, Central Java. It was built in 1978 and flooded 51 villages in six districts. The dam area covers around 8,800 hectares in the seven districts of Wonogiri, Ngadirojo, Nguntoronadi, Baturetno, Giriwoyo, Eromoko and Wuryantoro.
The dam was built to control the floods from Bengawan Solo River as well as for irrigation and fisheries.
Gajah Mungkur has become a tourist attraction for locals where they can cruise the dam.
During the dry season, the water level of the dam subsides, making graveyards visible in the former location of Keteng village in Wuryantoro district.
Villagers make use of the dry season by planting corn and paddy in the dried out dam.
This dry season, the water level of Gajah Mungkur is at 129 meters above sea level, which is still at the safe level. The minimum is 127 m above sea level. [yan]