Photographer's Note

Bukit Lawang is the home of an Orangutan rehabilitation center and a major tourist destination in Sumatra. In case you haven't heard the news there was a terrible flood that killed 200 people and destroyed the entire town.

I thought that I would post before and after photos. The photo shown is the hotel where I stayed for 2 weeks. I believe the AP photo shows the remains of a hotel just upriver from this one. From the reports the flash flood was almost 20 feet high and I think this hotel is now completely gone. 5 foreign tourists were among the dead. I don't know if the staff at this hotel (people I made friends with) survived or not.

AP Photo

It is unknown how many of the Orangutans died, but many survived. This is about the only good news for the town.
Orangutans One
Orangutans Two

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