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Floods in Denpasar: Reaping What we Sow?

Flash Floods in Bali's Capital May Be Nature's 'Pay-back' For Over-Development and Deforestation.

(10/11/2008) Marking the beginning of Bali's raining season, sudden downpours on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, brought flash flooding to several areas of Bali's capital including Jalan Siulan in East Denpasar, Jalan Tangjuban Perahu near Bali's Kerobokan prison, and the area in front of the Brimob headquarters in Tohpati.

While no deaths were linked to the flash flooding, a number of cars, motorcyclists and pedestrians were put at risk by waters that in some instances completely covered passing vehicles and swept them off the road and into open gutters.

Heroic action by military officers, police and local citizens who came to the rescue of those threatened by the floods prevented more tragic consequences from last week's floods. In one instance, a passing motorist was saved after clinging to a banana tree until he could be brought to dry land by helpful local residents.

What's Ahead?

Bali's rainy season has just begun and can be expected to continue until March or April of next year. There is little doubt that flooding is becoming more commonplace in Bali and may have a direct connection with over development, violation of building codes and the island's rapid deforestation.