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Don't Fence Me In!

Large Waves Threatens Former President Megawati's Bali Retreat.

(3/16/2008) Nature is no respecter of power and fame - even when you're the former President of Indonesia.

Strong waves along Cucukan Beach, north of Bali's Sanur Village at Blahbatuh, have caused damage and erosion to beach-side homes, including the Bali retreat of former President Megawati Soekarnoputri. Heavy waves over the Nyepi holiday weekend sent waves rushing over parking areas at nearby surfing beaches and caused a 5 meters of sea wall enclosing the former President's family compound in Bali to crumble into the ocean.

5 consecutive days of high seas defeated efforts to stave off further damage with sandbags were no match for the high waves which pummeled the compound's sea walls .

This Law's for You

A report in Radar Bali warned that even a President can't ignore the laws of nature. IKG Darma Putra, an educator and environment observer from Blahbatuh, said he already knew two years ago when the Ibu Megawati's compound was being built that it violated set-back laws which were ignored due due to political considerations.

Darma told Radar Bali: "Ibu Mega's villa managed to escape control by local regulations, but now the law of nature is meting out its punishment as walls collapse into the ocean."

When the press contacted the former Chief Executive's office for comment, a spokesperson exlpained that the villa suffering the damage belonged to Mega's daughter, Puan, and that Megawati's villa remains unscathed.

A Mixed Blessing

Local press reports depicted the large waves as a mixed blessing. While holiday homes that ignored 100 meter set back rule from the high-tide mark suffered damage, local restaurants and traders enjoyed the added commerce brought by surfers chasing large waves.

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