Mt. Semeru Update: Indonesia Relocating Refugees for Fear of Follow-up Eruptions

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  • Refugees affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru rest at the school building in Supiturang Village, Pronojiwo District, Lumajang, East Java, Sunday, December 5, 2021. The East Java BPBD recorded 1,250 residents from 2 sub-districts in Lumajang were forced to evacuate due to the eruption of Mount Semeru. TEMPO/Aris Novia Hidayat

    Refugees affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru rest at the school building in Supiturang Village, Pronojiwo District, Lumajang, East Java, Sunday, December 5, 2021. The East Java BPBD recorded 1,250 residents from 2 sub-districts in Lumajang were forced to evacuate due to the eruption of Mount Semeru. TEMPO/Aris Novia Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Indonesian government is relocating the refugees of the Semeru eruption who are currently evacuating in two villages. The two villages are considered prone to impacts of follow-up eruptions and are categorized as red zones.

    "There are several refugee camps that are prone to being affected by subsequent eruptions, which are the evacuation areas in Curah Kobokan Village and Sumberwuluh Village," Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said on Monday, December 6.

    The minister said that the evacuees will be relocated to a refugee camp in Penanggal Village.

    "We are worried that, if there are further eruptions or if there is heavy rain, the lava trapped above will fall," he said.

    Minister Muhadjir said that the government has also set up command posts for disaster emergency management to support the activities of volunteers and humanitarian agencies who are helping with the Mount Semeru eruption response.

    On Saturday, December 4, Mount Semeru in East Java province erupted. According to the National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), the eruption killed 14 and wounded at least 69 people, and has left hundreds displaced.

    Read: Mount Semeru Eruption Death Toll Rises to 14

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