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Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow SIDOARJO - Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Since last Friday the amount of mud has increased dramatically at certain locations, mainly by rainfall, but also because the mud volcano is still active and is still exhausting large amounts of mud. The temporary dam has been weakened over a length of at least 20 meters and the Agency Mudflow Control BPLS wants to take action as soon as possible to reinforce the nine-meter-high dam more permanently.

A problem is that huge quantities of soil are needed to reinforce the dam. That has to be transported from various areas by trick. It took a while before the leaking was brought to a stop for the time being. Fortunately the mud did not reach the main road between Surabaya and Malang. During the day a total of 25 dump trucks were seen dumping their load at the site of the weakened dam.

In case the mud does break through the dam, it will most likely result in the flooding of three more neighborhoods; Jatirejo Barat, Siring Barat and Mindi will then be flooded in several meters of mid. These three neighborhoods are located directly at Point 21 of the temporary dam where the leakage took place. The steadily increasing amount of mud drew many onlookers, mainly residents afraid to lose everything they have.

The problems with the dam are caused by the fact that another dam directly around the mouth of the mud volcano has eroded in the past few days. Now most of the mud that gushes out ends up in the Jatirejo basin, where this normally is not the case. However the upper layer of the mud soon solidifies, this is only the top layer, below that, the mud is still flowing, which makes it hard to predict what is going to happen next.


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Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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