HAMBA PRAING, Indonesia (Reuters) – On Indonesia’s Sumba island, the motifs displayed on traditional textiles produced by its weavers often depict animals, including the area’s famed Sandalwood breed of horses.
Dimas Mbaha Konda Lura, 11, plays in the sea as he waits for his father Ndelu Ndaha to go fishing at Puru Kambera beach in Kanatang district, East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
But in the village of Hamba Praing in East Sumba, scores of horses and cattle have died in recent years as extreme drought withered the grass, leaving behind bones and carcasses scattered over the scrubby landscape.
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East Sumba, about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) east of Jakarta, last year reportedly had 249 days in a row without rain, with some experts blaming climate change for more frequent