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From devastation to recovery

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  01:06 am

It hardly bears saying that Lombok has been devastated by the recent earthquakes. This devastation is both to the physical infrastructure, houses and other buildings, bridges, water and electricity supply etc and to the psychology of the Lombok population. People are in shock and are understandably depressed and gloomy about their futures.

Whether this earthquake episode is over no one knows. What we do know is that Lombok and its people will recover. The outstanding issue is how long that recovery will take and the path to that recovery.

Lombok’s population is around 3 million people. The majority are not much more than subsistence farmers. There is a substantial tobacco industry and rice grown is exported to other islands. But by far the most important industry in terms of external income to the islands’ economy and its economic future is tourism. Needless to say, the...