From Dr. Hiltrud Cordes, Project Manager/ October 2, 2013:
Dear turtle friends,
last week I arrived in the town Tanjung Redeb, capital of Berau regency in East Kalimantan, where the head office of our project is based. We had a very good start with introducing a new accounting software. Our office staff Rachmad and Vera (carefully supervised by „best boy“ Aang) find the new software very handy and easy to understand.
Since we have a guest room at the office, I am living there, too. Early this morning around 4 a.m. I woke up because of a heavy thunderstorm, but since the sound of rain makes me sleepy anyway, I fall asleep again soon. Aang woke me up an hour later (it was still dark), shouting „banjiiiir“!!! (banjir meaning ‚flooding‘ in Indonesian). I got up quickly and found myself standing in water. Using the torches of our mobile phones, the first thing we did, was unplug all electric devices and lift them from the floor. It was still raining and daylight was still dim at around 6.30 a.m. This is what I saw: