Digital Desk, Jakarta. The death toll from Mount Semeru erupting in Indonesia’s East Java province has risen to 14, with nine others missing. This information was given by an official of the Disaster Management Agency. The volcano is predicted to fall through the crater and slope in the next three days, slowing the search and evacuation of victims, according to Abdul Muhari, acting spokesman for the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency, Xinhua news agency reported. Is.
He told in a joint virtual press conference, 9 people are still missing or dead. The spokesman said 1,300 people have taken shelter in evacuation centres. He said, we have sent more than 20,000 face masks to evacuation centers not only to prevent the spread of corona but also to prevent respiratory problems. The official said the government would provide about $34 in cash assistance to rent a house to a family within the next six months, while the government would look for new places to build homes for those affected by the disaster. Muhri said, logistic support for the affected people has been distributed to the evacuation centres.
According to the agency and a government official, a volcanic eruption accompanied by hot clouds on Saturday destroyed hundreds of homes, a bridge, education facilities and other infrastructure. Andiani, the head of the Volcanoes and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, told the conference that the eruption released warm clouds up to 11 km from the crater, and on Sunday the volcano also released two hot clouds. Evacuation and search and rescue operations for victims may have been hampered by rain that could trigger lava flooding. The country’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency has warned that heavy rains may occur in the coming days.
The Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said, “There is a possibility of rain now,” said A Phachri Rajab, head of the Public Meteorological Center. With rest levels of weak, moderate and heavy, rain may occur over the crater and the slopes of the volcano over the next three days. With heavy rains, volcanic ash has turned into thick mud, submerging houses, roads and other infrastructure in Lumajang district.
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