Regions in W. Sumatra on Alert after Mount Marapi Eruption: BPBD

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  • Mount Marapi in West Sumatra, (1/11). ANTARA/Arif Pribadi

    Mount Marapi in West Sumatra, (1/11). ANTARA/Arif Pribadi

    TEMPO.CO, Padang - The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of four regions in West Sumatra are on alert after Mount Merapi eruption on Monday.

    The four regions are Tanah Datar, Agam, Bukittinggi city and Padang Panjang.

    BPBD West Sumatra will also deploy personnel to take swift measures if any disaster takes place.

    “We don’t expect any disaster, but we have to be alert,” he said.

    West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno on Sunday called on the people living around the mountain to keep calm. He, however, told them to increase alertness.

    Mount Marapi, situated in the districts of Agam and Tanah Datar in West Sumatra, erupted twice on Sunday morning, spilling volcanic ash in the process.

    Mount Marapi monitoring outpost (PGA) officer Hartanto Prawiro said that between 6 pm Sunday to 6 am Monday the mountain erupted columns of volcanic ash cloud of varying altitude.