The popular racetrack used for traditional Makepung bull races in Jembrana, West Bali has been washed away at several points due to flash flooding.
Makepung is the name given to traditional bull races held in Jembrana, West Bali using modified agricultural plows as carriages cum chariots.
Metrobali.com reports that construction activities to backfill and harden the supporting land were washed away by recent flash floods. Several areas of the circuit have been buried in mud carried by overflow from the Samblong River and Yeh Kuning.
The floodwaters that inundated Samblong, in the district of Sangkaragung, Jembrana on Thursday, February 16, 2017, also damaged private homes surrounding the race circuit.
Tourism officials in Jimbaran say that despite the recent flooding work will continue on the second phase of the race circuit development. The second phase of development, costing Rp. 2 billion, will focus on finishing the racecourse and creating supporting services, such as public toilets, bathrooms, and gazebo shelters.
Because of the recent flooding, officials are now considering raising the height of the actual racecourse to prevent future flood damage.
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