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Forced relocation of villagers on slopes Mount Merapi YOGYAKARTA - The government of Sleman regency, in Yogyakarta province has made available plots of land for the relocation of villagers that live on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano in the province. The regent of Sleman, Sri Purnomo, asked villagers that are currently rebuilding their houses to still obey to the relocation program that will be starting soon.

"I hope the residents will understand the situation," said Purnomo to the press. At this moment, hundreds of houses have been reconstructed in the so-called red zone, the most dangerous zone around the Mount Merapi volcano that violently erupted late last year. The most dangerous area is a part of the Cangkringan area that was hard hit by the eruption.

The zone where the villages were located has now been appointed a red zone, which means that no buildings should be erected there anymore. Residents that have rebuilt their houses and also live inside this danger zone again, have already said they will not move and they will stick to their villages.

Purnomo, in a reaction to this, has said that villagers that still erect their houses or have plans to do so, do this without the proper permits. It will just be a matter of time before the presidential instructions that will be issued soon have to be followed by the villagers. "And then they will really have to leave."

Purnomo did not mention anything about possible forced relocation of residents that do not want to move themselves. He only said that he would approach the residents in a friendly way. "We will see later, we just want to handle this care with the most care possible. No need to talk about forced evacuations for those that have already rebuild their houses."


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 June 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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