A Philanthropy Advisor in Indonesia, Part 5: Reminders of the Tsunami

DSCN2187 At the end of the day, our driver wanted to take us to see several tsunami sites. The tsunami lifted boats and placed them far inland. The “boat on the house” and the “power plant” are the most famous ones.

In the village of Lampulo, a boat called the “Noah’s Ark” by some, landed on top of a two-story house three kilometers inland. The boat became a refuge for 59 survivors. The neighbors climbed in and watched the destruction around them for seven hours. The 30 meter long, wooden, fishing boat remains lodged on the roof five years later. It has been repainted for the fifth anniversary and a viewing platform has been installed nearby. The new tourist attraction sits on a small road with homes on all sides.

As we were leaving, a large tour bus was navigating its way to the site. For these neighbors, they will be reminded daily about the tragic event.

Another “tourist attraction” is several kilometers away.

DSCN2191 Another “tourist attraction” is several kilometers away. A floating 63-meter diesel power plant used to supply one-third of the electric power to Banda Aceh. It was carried five kilometers inland by the tsunami. The PLTD Apung I is a 2,600 ton ship and landed on a two-lane road in Punge Blang Cut Village. The locals say that many people lay beneath the vessel. The cost of moving the vessel to sea was too prohibitive. However, it can still generate electricity. As a tsunami monument, it is now owned by the local government.

See also Part 1: PKSD Mandiri SchoolPart 2: Bungong Seulanga NurseryPart 3: “Good Friends” Program; Part 4: Rice Innovation in a Small Village; Part 6: After the Tsunami

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