JAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday visited a disaster zone caused by a massive mud volcano blamed on gas drilling and said it could be turned into a tourist attraction.
The mud has been devouring land and homes in East Java’s Sidoarjo district since May 2006, endangering as many as 100,000 people and causing 4.9 billion dollars worth of damage, an Australian expert estimates.
It has buried 12 villages, killed 13 people, displaced more than 42,000 and wiped out 800 hectares (1,977 acres) of densely populated farming and industrial land.
Yes folks, and over to the right we have the famous mud volcano, now called Bambangland. Notice the tremendous stink! Ah, look at that! Another house is being consumed! We will soon take our famous hovercraft, to zoom right over the mud! Join us later in our healthful mud-bath spa, which has to move every few months. Our next tour will be Haiti, where we can see first-hand people dying of disease! An amazing thrill!