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Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 YOGYAKARTA - The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

The number of displaced people decreased from 22,154 on 17 October to 13,440 on day later, as the residents returned to their villages to guard the property. As of 1900hrs on 18 October, there were 12,864 people displaced in Kediri District and 576 in Blitar district. The evacuees are temporarily located in tented compounds in the cities of Kediri and Blitar. The local governments are mobilizing the police and army to ensure the safety and security of the people and their properties in the villages that could be affected by the eruption. OXFAM GB reported that the communities are erecting emergency shelters outside their houses to be used at night and maintain vigilance.

Local authorities are focused on establishing stocks of food and drinking water, as well as setting up water and sanitation facilities in the evacuation points. The joint UN assessment mission reported that the local authorities have sufficient resources to respond to the imminent eruption. However, if the eventual eruption is more powerful than scientists predict, additional assistance may be required.

National response

BAKORNAS PB Chief Executive Officer (KALAKHAR) chaired a coordination meeting of SATLAK PB in Blitar District on 18 October 2007 and emphasized the needs for command posts and temporary shelters with supporting facilities. The local authorities prepared two Crisis Centres in the Blitar and Kediri Districts.

SATKORLAK, as the coordination focal point for all entities within the government, NGOs and international agencies, is conducting daily coordination meetings in Kediri and Blitar Districts at 1900hrs local time. SATLAK PB set up 28 evacuation centres: 20 in Kediri and 8 in Blitar District. PMI Kediri Branch is supporting SATLAK PB Kediri in preparing meals for the IDPs.

International response

OXFAM GB is conducting a rapid assessment in Blitar District from 18 to 23 October. WFPs NGO partner in the region, YAPSI, is prepared to respond with emergency assistance if needed. The UN HC/RC Office is closely monitoring the situation with pertinent Government and non-government institutions including the Indonesian Red Cross.

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Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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