Tornado Hits Batam, Damages Hundreds of Houses


OK, the headline sounds worse than it was. I was working in the office when we heard storms coming. When the rain started, we did the usual shutdown of our server and Internet connection because we are subject to lightning strikes that occasionally destroy some of our electronics. The office is halfway down Smiling Hill so all we experienced was some wind and heavy rain.

The roof was torn from the opposite side of this large building, which sits next to the entrance to Smiling Hill at the top of the hill. Behind the photographer (me) was another building, where a radio station tower was blown down.

The roof was torn from the opposite side of this large building, which sits next to the entrance to Smiling Hill at the top of the hill. Behind the photographer (me) was another building, where a radio station tower was blown down.

However, on top of the hill, about 150 yards away, it was a different story. We received a call in the office that some roofs on our properties had been blown off at the top of the hill. So I grabbed my camera and dragged my injured leg to the top of the hill to take the photo above. What I didn’t know at the time was that a radio tower on another building at the top had been brought down by the winds. Here’s the story from the Jakarta paper:

A TORNADO struck the Riau Islands city of Batam on Wednesday afternoon, damaging hundreds of houses and injuring a child.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the tornado struck at 3:30 p.m. and badly damaged 29 houses, moderately damaged 102 houses and inflicted slight damage on 96 houses.

Two mosques, a government office and a gas station were among other buildings harmed by the tornado, the BNPB said.

Only a 10-year-old boy named M. Raihan was reported to be seriously injured by the tornado.

“[The tornado] caused estimated losses of Rp 509 million [$52,000],” the head of the Riau office of the BNPB, Munzir, said in the statement.

He added that nobody was evacuated despite the damages. – The Jakarta Globe

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Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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