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Jakarta Post

Still traumatized by tsunami, islanders protest mining activities on Sunda Strait

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    The Jakarta Post

Sebesi Island, South Lampung   /   Sun, September 22, 2019   /  03:43 pm
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Fishing boats on a beach on Sebesi Island in South Lampung. Rubble from destroyed homes and coral reef following the December 2018 Sunda Strait tsunami can still be found on the island.(JP/Andi Muhammad Ibnu Aqil)

Sand mining on the Sunda Strait near Anak Krakatau volcanic island has alarmed residents of Sebesi Island in South Lampung, as it has been deemed a danger to the local environment and fishermen, especially after an eruption and tsunami in December last year. PT. Lautan Persada Indonesia (LIP) obtained a license to mine sand from the Lampung Investment Agency in 2015 near Sebesi Island and Anak Krakatau. Sebesi islanders first noticed a mining ship on Aug.10, but they were not initially concerned, Sebesi resident Rahmatullah said. The ship then appeared the next day, which worried residents, Rahmatullah added, and 10 days after that, representatives of the company, including its director, Stefan Gunter Tjang, visited the island to inform people that the company would begin mining sand in the area.   “As far as I know, no equipment should be used yet. Residents rejec...