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Jakarta Post

Jatigede Reservoir magnet for visitors

  • Arief Suhardiman


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 24 2020   /  12:03 pm
Floating land: An enclave once used to house evacuated residents turns into an emerging island as the reservoir water recedes during the dry season.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

An “island” with ruins of buildings on it looked to be appearing out of the sprawling water basin of the Jatigede Reservoir as our boat moved farther from the embankment. The islands, in fact, used to be settlements before their citizens were relocated. Dozens of islands become visible on the surface when the water in the reservoir – with the Cimanuk River being its source – recedes during the dry season. Making a living: A local resident cultivates crops at the reservoir’s embankment. (JP/Arief Suhardiman) "The water level has been lowering for two months, down to about eight meters," said Erik, who was one of the people who were relocated for the construction of the reservoir. "If the water is high, the islands are not visible. They are submerged,” he said. Erik makes a living by renting boats. On one side of the reservoir, ...