BY DATA, INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS CENTER • 21 September 2013 15:53
The number of Sinabung refugees continuously decreasing. The earlier refugees reached 17.378 people and on Friday (20/09/2013) at 18:00 pm became 12.322 people in 24 shelters.
PVMBG Geological Agency has set a radius of 3 km, particularly in the area of disaster-prone areas (KRB) III, to be no community activities occur. There are 5 villages whose citizens are required to evacuate, namely the Simacem, Bekerah, Sigarang-fierce, Kutagunggung, and Sukameriah village. Refugees who live outside the radius of 3 km should return to their homes.
The chief of BNPB, Syamsul Maarif, has been to G. Sinabung and coordinating with various parties. Dialogue with the refugees had been taken to assess the needs of refugees. BNPB will send aid, such as ready meals 1,500 packets, tents 200 units, etc. Artificial rain operations will be carried out in order to clean up volcanic ash and sand. In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, BNPB will give agricultural seed aids. The urgent need is brooms, brushes and tools for cleaning the volcanic material in houses. Basic needs of refugees are still met.
Emergency response period will expire on 22/09/2013. Currently being evaluated and seem to be extended as needed for refugees still require treatments.
Most of the displaced people are fled because of the 2010 eruption traumatic events. Residents also fear because of the misleading text messages containing G. Sinabung would erupt again based on the predictions of BMKG. In addition, residents do not have experience on G. Sinabung which was previously inactive for 400 years, suddenly erupted in 2010. Therefore, socialization should be done continuously. Residents are advised not to believe in misleading text messages.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Head of Data Information and Public Relations BNPB
Translated by Henrikus Adi Hernanto