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Ecosystem in Tamblingan, Buyan lakes threatened

  • Luh De Suriyani

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 25 2011   /  08:00 am

I Wayan Suada, 53, rowed his boat slowly around dozens of roofs of inundated houses in Tamblingan Lake. Two girls also rowed a boat to pick flowers for religious offerings from the highest branch of a swamped tree in the lake.

At least 43 families lost their homes after the lake overflowed and flooded part of Tamblingan hamlet in Munduk village, Buleleng, for the past four months.      

The victims spent their New Year’s evening evacuating their belongings to higher land in the Tamblingan protected forest.   

On Saturday, Suada built a new byre for his cows after setting up a temporary shelter for his family, some 300 meters from the swollen lake.

“This is the third time I have made a new home,” he said while pointing to roofs of his previous two shelters.

He never expected that the lake’s water level would c...