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Jakarta Post

Panic grips Balikpapan following oil spill, fire impact

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 2 2018   /  12:26 am

Polluted beach: Oil is seen floating in the Makassar Strait from Kemala Beach in Klandasan, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on Sunday. (JP/Courtesy of @balikpapanku (Kota Balikpapan (Cyber City))The pungent smell of fuel is thick in the air around Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan following an oil spill in the sea, leading to a fire that claimed two lives on Saturday.

Residents living in North Penajem Paser regency in the southern part of the bay have been suffering from nausea, vomiting and suffocation from the strong smell. “They can’t stand the smell, especially the women and children,” Penajam subdistrict head Lilis said.

Eight neighborhood units in the regency’s subdistrict are located directly adjacent to the bay.

“It smells like diesel fuel, but stronger,” said Ride, the head of Margasari, Baru Tengah subdistrict on Sunday.

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