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PostSubject: Ferry Services disrupted   Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:09 pm

Although this is a news article as it relates to the ferry services between Lembar and Padangbai I thought it would be better placed in th travel section.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:06 AM


Floods, bad weather hit Jambi, Lombok



Jon Afrizal and Panca Nugraha , The Jakarta Post , Jambi, Mataram | Sat, 01/16/2010 12:46 PM | The Archipelago
Floods continued to inundate several schools in Jambi while bad weather disrupted sea voyages in West Nusa Tenggara on Friday.

The SDN 83, SDN 193 and SDN 164 elementary schools in East Jambi
district, in Jambi have had to give students leave because floods have
swamped both the school compounds and the classrooms. "Students have been given leave as water has entered the
classrooms and disrupted lessons," said Nurijah, a neighborhood unit
chief in Sijenjang subdistrict, East Jambi district. Activities at SMP 23 state junior high school have continued
despite the flood, which engulfed the field in 1-meter-high water,
disrupting extracurricular activities, such as sports and a
flag-raising ceremony. School vice principal Akmal Said said although the floods had
disrupted a number of activities, students were still attending school.
The Jambi Disaster Mitigation task force recorded that 1,429 houses were totally engulfed and 3,435 others swamped by floods.

Acting task force head Susilo said floods have hit five
districts in the city: Pasar, East Jambi, Pelayangan, Danau Teluk and
Telanaipura. The floods in Jambi city over the past several days in
Pelayangan district have submerged 56 homes and forced 56 families, or
267 people to take refuge at residents' homes not affected by the
floods. However, the flood victims have yet to receive aid despite the
fact that data on the number of victims has already been handed over to
the municipality, disaster mitigation task force and municipal council.
Pelayangan district chief Abdullah said they had not received
relief aid for flood victims in his area, though data on the number of
victims had been handed over to the municipal council during its recent
hearing. "The flood level is still above 1.5 meters."

In West Nusa Tenggara, rain followed by strong winds and high
tides over the past week disrupted ferry crossing activities at the
Lembar Port in West Lombok, which connects to Bali's Padangbai port.
The Lembar Port branch PT Indonesia Ferry state-owned ferry
company had suspended ferry crossings since Thursday night due to bad
weather.
PT Indonesia Ferry Lembar Port branch manager Kaimuddin
Maliling told The Jakarta Post on Friday the decision to close the port
was reached at 11 p.m. local time Thursday due to heavy rain followed
by strong winds and huge waves up to 3 meters tall.
"We closed the port last night due to the grave risk to passenger safety during this bad weather," he said.

At least 19 ferries are currently plying the Lembar-Padangbai,
Bali route, once in two hours. However, the ferry schedule could be
delayed by up to eight hours due to the bad weather, thus leading
vehicles to back up at Lembar Port.

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