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Jakarta Post

Villagers turn to local wisdom to manage disasters in Ende

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Ende   /   Mon, December 27 2010   /  09:12 am

Rosalia Bela, 43, shudders whenever she recalls the great flood of 1979 that swept over her hometown of Tanali village in Wewaria district, Ende, Flores. At the time, rain poured for almost one week. Awoken by the sound of rushing water, then 12-year-old Rosalia quickly ran to a hill near her village. “I couldn’t save anything from the house. Everything was swept away. Even my little brother fell victim to the disaster,” she said.Another Tanali village resident, Maria Koni, 50, also remembers the great flood. She said she heard the sound of crashing rocks caused by rushing water. She remembered that there was a woman who was swept up in the strong floodwaters and wound up stuck upside-down in a tree in a bat-like position.The 1979 flood was not the last disaster to befall the village, which experienced another flood in 1988 and an earthquake in 1992. Tanali village lies near the es...