The recent fire at the Seririt Traditional Market in Buleleng, North Bali is now estimated to have caused between Rp. 17-18 billion in damages (US$1.43-$1.5 million).
In all, some 1,200 small market kiosks were destroyed that generated a daily turnover estimated at Rp. 2million.
According to Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), Made Suwena, who managed the market, said the fire has had a devastating effect on local traders, adding: “They are very shocked and feel hopeless. Their businesses were their livelihood. It has also disrupted the regency’s economic activity."
A distraught and crying female trader said, “I have lost all hope. I don’t know how my family and I can cope with this disaster.”
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