Mt. Semeru Update: Indonesia Relocating Refugees for Fear of Follow-up Eruptions
6 December 2021 12:17 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The 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.