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Drought-hit Gorontalo faces harvest failure, water crisis

  • Defri Sofyan

    The Jakarta Post

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Gorontalo   /   Sun, September 8, 2019   /  02:09 pm
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Children fill gallon jugs with water from small wells made by locals at a river bank in Bulota subdistrict, Limboto district, Gorontalo.(JP/Defri Sofyan)

Water gallon jugs line village roads; the corn harvest has ended, while fish are dead in Gorontalo as people living there deal with the drought that is predicted to last until October.   The water surface of Lake Limboto, which had functioned as a water source during the dry season, has decreased some 300 meters below that of its normal condition. Local fishermen predicted that the lake was currently only a meter deep, from normally around 2.5 meters deep. They found it difficult to find fish in the lake. “The fish are dead, leaving only two types, tilapia and manggabai,” said fisherman Ramin, 62, of Hutadaa village, referring to the lake’s endemic fish species. Head of the local Protected Forest (HL) and River Basin Area Management Center (BPDAS), M. Tahir, blamed the water decrease not only on the dry season but also on damage...