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06 Mar 2013 description
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Hans David Tampubolon, The Jakarta Post

Porong in Sidoarjo, East Java, has come into the international spotlight as a destination for both tourists and researchers. Ironically, this global attention is driven by the massive curiosity about a terrible environmental catastrophe — the Lapindo mudflow.

20 Apr 2012 description
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Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Sidoarjo | Thu, 04/19/2012 8:43 AM

Victims of the hot mudflow disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java, are once again demanding that Lapindo Brantas Inc. pay the remaining compensation as scheduled.

They have opted to camp on the embankments where their villages and homes once stood before being engulfed by the mudflow until the company, deemed responsible for the tragedy, pays the remaining 80 percent compensation by June this year.

04 Jul 2011 description

JAKARTA, 4 July 2011 (IRIN) - Five years after a volcanic eruption displaced thousands, the mud continues to spew and many survivors have yet to regain their livelihoods.

Bambang Setiawan, 47, lost his job as a security guard after the world's largest mud volcano erupted in May 2006, inundating villages in Indonesia's Sidoarjo District in East Java Province.

30 May 2011 description
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Angela Dewan | Sidoarjo, Indonesia

A giant mud volcano that erupted five years ago (05/29/2006) near a gas drilling site in Indonesia is still spewing toxic sludge. It has destroyed entire villages in eastern Java and scientists say it will continue to erupt for years to come.

Isman feeds his chickens and cows behind his in-laws’ home in Gempolsari village. The 56-year-old was once a builder, but now makes a modest living from his livestock. Five years ago, a mud volcano erupted nearby and destroyed his home and possessions, as well as the local economy.

30 May 2010 description
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Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java.

Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

10 Feb 2010 description

PORONG, 10 February 2010 (IRIN) - Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago.

Originating from a mud volcano in the district of Sidoarjo in East Java Province, the mudflow and toxic gas emissions started in May 2006 and still continue, with the volcano expelling 60,000 cubic metres of watery mud daily, according to the government's Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigation Agency (BPLS). Some 14,000 houses have been submerged.

23 Nov 2009 description
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By Indra Harsaputra

After more than three years since the hot mudflow displaced thousands of residents of Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, in 2006, foreign assistance has started to flow in for the refugees.

Over the weekend Norway-sponsored humanitarian organization Dina Foundation provided free medication and medical treatment for hundreds of the mudflow refugees taking shelter at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Rune Edvardsen of the foundation said the two-day free health service would be followed up by the establishment of a health center in the affected region next …

11 Jul 2009 description
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Indra Harsaputra ,

Sidoarjo, East Java - Residents living outside the areas officially affected by the Lapindo mudflow disaster have demanded compensation following the provincial administration's announcement of a plan to relocate them from West Siring, Porong District.

The residents are arguing that simply relocating them, without providing compensation for their homes and land, would make it very difficult for them to buy another house.

"If they don't give us the compensation, we'd rather take refuge at the Pasar Baru market," local resident Mahmud …

20 Jun 2009 description
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Indra Harsaputra ,

SURABAYA - Most victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster in Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, have expressed disappointment that none of the candidates in the presidential election have come up with real solutions to the problems they now face.

28 May 2009 description
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On the third anniversary of the Sidoarjo mudflow disaster human rights groups have once again called on the Government of Indonesia to provide all affected persons with immediate assistance and rehabilitation.

Three years ago on 28 May 2006, a gas eruption at a PT Lapindo Brantas drilling site in Sidoarjo, East Java resulted in an upsurge of hot volcanic mud which continues to flow to date. The mud volcano, which on average discharges 150,000 cubic metres of mud per day (enough to fill forty Olympic-sized swimming pools),(1) has submerged an estimated 15,000 land holdings.

01 Apr 2009 description
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Indra Harsaputra

Sidoarjo - The Sidoarjo hot mudflow, now mixed with oil, poses a greater threat of environmental damage because it flows through residential areas and the Porong River before getting to the sea, an official said.

"Thousands of fishermen in Sidoarjo and Pasuruan will be affected by the oil- tainted mudflow, as well as hundreds of milkfish farmers," Surono, head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

26 Feb 2009 description
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Erwida Maulia

JAKARTA - The National Commission on Human Rights says the displacement of thousands of mudflow victims from their homes in the East Java town of Sidoarjo could be classified as a human rights violation.

The commission said based on the team's findings, it was highly unlikely the incident was a natural phenomenon, but was instead caused by PT Lapindo Brantas Inc., a mining company owned by the family of Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie.

Commission deputy head Hesti Amirwulan told a press conference Wednesday that essentially the …

22 Dec 2008 description

JAKARTA, 22 December 2008 (IRIN) - Two-and-a-half years after a volcano erupted in the East Java province of Sidoardjo, the mud shows no signs of abating.

One of Indonesia's worst disasters, the eruption on 29 May 2006 displaced more than 75,000 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes, 35 schools, 31 factories, 65 mosques, a major toll-road and an orphanage.

Many families have lost their farms, while factory and construction workers have been forced to seek work as tour guides, showing people around the muddy plains and selling DVD footage of the ongoing disaster.

Most …

25 Aug 2008 description

Jakarta_(dpa) _ Hundreds of homeless residents from East Java province demanded compensation for their properties destroyed by a massive mudflow caused by an industrial accident.

More than 14,000 homes, 33 schools, 65 mosques and an orphanage have been buried since May 2006 when a "mud volcano" began oozing to the surface following an oil-drilling accident in East Java district of Sidoardjo, an industrial suburb.

"Our two-year housing rents is running out, but so far we don't know yet when they would pay the remaining 80 per cent of compensation.

13 Aug 2008 description

JAKARTA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Aburizal Bakrie, rated Indonesia's richest man, said on Wednesday a firm linked to his family was not responsible for a massive mud disaster in East Java, but would still pay victims compensation as promised.

The cause of the Sidoarjo mud volcano, which has displaced more than 50,000 people, has been a matter of dispute.

Some scientific studies blamed drilling by Lapindo Brantas Inc., a firm linked to Bakrie's family, while Lapindo and Bakrie said an earthquake near Yogyakarta in 2006 triggered the disaster.

Bakrie, the country's chief …

12 Jun 2008 description
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Desy Nurhayati

Victims in three more villages affected by the mudflow in Sidoarjo, East Jakarta, will receive compensation under the revision to the 2007 presidential regulation currently being finalized.

Cabinet secretary Sudi Silalahi said Wednesday he would submit the revised regulation to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono soon after he received the draft from the Public Works Ministry.

"I will process the draft with the State Secretary and then submit it to the President for approval," Sudi said after meeting with Abdul Rahim, representative of victims from the …

09 Jun 2008 description

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) - Drilling of a gas exploration well, and not an earthquake, set off a volcano that has been spewing boiling mud for two years and has displaced more than 50,000 people on the Indonesian island of Java, experts said on Monday.

Records kept by oil and gas company Lapindo Brantas during the drilling of a gas exploration well called Banjar-Panji-1 show specific incidents that could have triggered the disaster, the international team of experts said.

"We are more certain than ever that the Lusi mud volcano is an unnatural disaster and was triggered by …

28 Feb 2008 description
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Desy Nurhayati, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta - The government decided Wednesday to earmark Rp 700 billion from the state budget to compensate victims in three further villages affected by the mudflow in Sidoarjo, East Java.

The decision has sparked a mixed reaction from lawmakers.

Outspoken legislator Permadi said the government was "pampering" to Lapindo Brantas Inc., a mining company linked to the family of chief welfare minister Aburizal Bakrie, and allegedly responsible for the disaster.

"Paying compensation from the state budget means that eventually the society …

28 Feb 2008 description

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked East Java governor Imam Utomo, Sidoarjo district head Win Hendarso and the Sidoarjo Mudflow Tackling Body (BPLS) to prepare an action plan soon following a government's decision on compensation for mud-flow affected villages.

"These ranking officials, namely governor Imam Utomo, district head Win Hendarso and head of BPLS had been invited to come here to prepare an action plan after the decision was made," Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said here on Wednesday after attending a meeting to discuss the Lapindo mud-flow case …