Well our friends husband knew where they were, as the owner of the warung also soon appeared and told Jeff they were staying in his family home in a village 45 minutes away to the north-west. As Jeff asked for directions, the couple we were seeking appeared behind him on a motorbike. It was quickly arranged that he could now follow them to their location and also take their friend in our pick-up. Perfect timing, it seems some things are just meant to be!
At their location, Jeff was a bit shocked to find 70 people living in a small family compound. People spread around the main house, and under tarps in the garden and also in various small out-houses. Jeff continues the story:
"It was great to see so many people we knew in the same location, the lady from our local lunch-time warung. her sister who is a massage lady at one of the popular dive resorts in Tulamben and serves in her son's warung in the evenings. Four boat drivers from Tulamben Bay, a dive guide from a locally owned resort and four dive gear porters from Tulamben Bay. Along with their individual families, including a very old lady who was a porter when we first dived Tulamben in 1981. She looks to be in her 80's or even older. When I asked if she could sit down next to me for a photo she grumbled in Balinese (which I didn't understand) but I am pretty sure was "I'm not sitting next to that white guy, someone else can".
With the help of the wife of the property owner, I quickly ascertained that these people were not in need of the same things our first group needed, they had ample mattress's and clothing. As these people were staying around 45 minutes drive north-west of Tulamben, the men had been back to collect most of these things from their homes. All they required was basic food. They requested rice, cooking oil, eggs and drinking water. For the elderley some sarongs to sleep under at night and a couple of extra pillows, and for two young babies some nappies for night time use (no more wet mattress's). We then arranged to meet the next morning in Singaraja city to purchase these items and organise delivery to their temporary home".
I called past more refugee camps on my west to Singaraja and could see that many people are staying at each camp, most had reasonable shelter from the elements and seemed well organised (see below photos).