A hotel and several rice fields that are located in the Klungkung region have been damaged by large waves.
The Financial Controller of the Wyndham Tamamsari Jivva Resort Bali, Wisnu Anggoro confirmed that some of the hotel’s property that is located on Lepang Beach was damaged by large waves that occurred on Thursday morning (12/8). “Some of our amenities such as swimming pools, umbrellas, chairs and even our garden was severely damaged by the waves on Thursday morning around 11:43am.” Wisnu said.
Wisnu explained that the incident was unexpected, as the waves on the south eastern Bali usually only get big like this once a year, so he instructed his hotel’s staff to relocate to a safer place and to cancel guest reservations until the hotel’s damages are fixed. “Normally, large waves like this only occur in June, but this year it happened in August as well. So we decided to cancel reservations from our guests until all damages are fixed.” Wisnu added.
Apart from damaging the hotel, the incident also affected a large amount of rice fields in the Klungkung area. Officials from the Tempek Babakan Village, Ketut Sudana confirmed that over 7 acres of rice field that belong to 15 different farmers were damaged on Thursday (12/8). Sudana explained that many of the rice plantations that were damaged by the large waves were ready to be harvested. “Most of the rice plantations that were affected in our area were actually ready for harvesting, so the farmers have no choice other than to keep harvesting despite knowing that it will reduce the quality of their rice.” Sudana said.
Boat services on Kusamba Beach, Klungkung were also affected and chose to temporarily relocate their services to Padangbai Port, Karangasem to avoid the large waves on Thursday morning.
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