Indonesia accelerates recovery efforts after the volcano died 34

Eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in East Java
Rescue workers sit on a truck as the rescue operation continues in the area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano, in Curah Kobokan, Pronojiwo district, Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, on December 8, 2021. REUTERS / Willy Kurniawan

December 8, 2021

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday promised to support evacuation efforts and repair damaged homes after visiting the site of a volcanic eruption in Java that killed at least 34 people were killed.

The 3,676-meter-high Semeru volcano erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash into the sky and dangerous pyroclastic flows down into the villages below. [L1N2SP05Y]

According to the disaster mitigation agency, thousands of people have been displaced and 22 are still missing.

After visiting evacuation centers and surveying the area by helicopter – an aerial view of villages engulfed in molten ash – the president said recovery efforts would be ramped up now and in the coming months.

“I went to the scene to make sure that we had enough force to locate the victims,” the president said, speaking from Sumberwuluh, one of the worst-hit areas.

“We hope that after things settle down, things can begin – fixing the infrastructure or even relocating those people from places that we predict are too dangerous to return to.” .”

At least 2,000 homes will need to be relocated to safer areas, he said.

Search and rescue efforts continued on Tuesday but were hampered by wind and rain, and limited equipment in some areas.

Mount Semeru erupted three times on Tuesday. Indonesia’s Center for Volcanic and Geological Hazard Mitigation on Monday said there is a possibility of additional hot gas, ash and rock outflows.

Mount Semeru is one of more than 100 active volcanoes in Indonesia, in an area of ​​seismic activity atop multiple tectonic plates known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire”.

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Janet Lawrence) Indonesia accelerates recovery efforts after the volcano died 34


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