Greater than 2,400 villagers have now fled their houses and brought shelter in 11 evacuation centres after the best mountain on the nation’s important island of Java erupted early morning Sunday.
“The army, police, native catastrophe and village officers preserve evacuating folks in Curah Kobokan the place the new ash cloud and chilly lava may journey,” Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for Indonesia’s catastrophe mitigation company, instructed native tv.
“To this point the overall variety of evacuees is 2,489.”
Officers have introduced a state of emergency for the following two weeks and authorities have been distributing free masks to guard in opposition to ash within the air whereas organising public kitchens for evacuees.
On Monday morning, dozens of evacuees in Lumajang district the place Semeru is situated ventured again to their ash-covered houses to retrieve necessary belongings, earlier than returning to shelters, in accordance with an AFP journalist.
Some shepherded livestock whereas others carried home equipment reminiscent of TVs and fridges because the volcano spewed ash within the background.
Muhari mentioned visible remark of Semeru on Monday morning indicated much less intense volcanic exercise however he warned of potential hazard from lava flows that had cooled after heavy rain.
“What we fear about is financial actions reminiscent of sand mining. We need to ensure the route the place the new ash cloud and the chilly lava may journey is totally freed from exercise,” he mentioned.
The federal government’s alert standing indicating hazard from the volcano was raised to its highest degree Sunday. It had beforehand been at its second-highest degree since a significant eruption final December.
Final 12 months’s eruption killed 51 folks and broken greater than 5,000 houses whereas forcing practically 10,000 folks to hunt refuge.
Most of the victims from that catastrophe had been sand miners working excessive on the slopes of the volcano.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Hearth” the place the assembly of continental plates causes substantial volcanic and seismic exercise. The Southeast Asian archipelago nation has practically 130 lively volcanoes.