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Lapindo mudflow victims cite cancer, hardships

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Sidoarjo, East Java   /   Mon, March 4 2013   /  10:02 am
No ending: An aerial view of the Lapindo mudflow from above Jl. Raya Porong in Siring, Sidoarjo on May 22, 2012. (Antara/Eric Ireng)(Antara/Eric Ireng)

No ending: An aerial view of the Lapindo mudflow from above Jl. Raya Porong in Siring, Sidoarjo on May 22, 2012. (Antara/Eric Ireng)The failure to stop the mudflow that has been ongoing in Porong in Sidoarjo, East Java, since 2006 is severely damaging the environment and threatening public health.

Several families have been suffering from cancer and other diseases, according to local residents.

“The mudflow has polluted our air and water, one such resident, Harwati, said.

Harwati said that her husband died from lung cancer four years ago. “My husband used to be a very healthy man, but after years of exposure his lungs began to deteriorate. Then we found out that he had developed cancer.”

The woman said that she had received no compensation for her husband’s treatment from PT Lapindo Brantas, which has been blamed for the drilling that started the mudf...