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Porong disaster site becomes tourist spot

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

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  /   Tue, March 5 2013   /  12:24 pm

For the children: An activist from the environmental NGO Walhi asks for donations of Rp 1,000 (10 US cents) for the education of children of the mudflow victims, in an act of solidarity in Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, in this picture taken on Jan. 29 last year. Health experts urge immediate evacuation of all residents around the disaster location due to exposure to toxic emissions and contaminated water, while many residents say they cannot go anywhere until they have received compensation. JP/Wendra AjistyatamaPorong in Sidoarjo, East Java, has come into the international spotlight as a destination for both tourists and researchers. Ironically, this global attention is driven by the massive curiosity about a terrible environmental catastrophe — the Lapindo mudflow.

The name of the mudflow is derived from PT Lapindo Brantas, an oil and gas exploration company operating in Po...