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18 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kafil Yamin

MEDAN, Indonesia , Oct 17 2017 (IPS) - Repeated volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung since 2010 have displaced thousands of people, leaving villages around the mountain deserted, with volcanic ash, lava and mud covering the soil, trees and empty houses.

No one knows when the eruptions will cease. Some displaced people have formed new settlements; others live in temporary houses or refugee camps.

09 Nov 2016 description

JAKARTA - National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) continues supporting for affected families due to volcano eruption of Sinabung in Karo, Sumatera Utara. Sinabung does not stop erupting since being active in June 2013 until now. Even it erupted by spowing out nine times of pyroclastic flow on Tuesday (1/11).

11 Apr 2016 description


From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.

20 Nov 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

Arya Dipa, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Archipelago | Wed, November 20 2013, 7:58 AM

The continuous eruptions of Mount Sinabung, which began in early November in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have caused scientists to alter the hazard map for the volcano and its surrounding area, an official at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) says.

19 Nov 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, November 19 2015, 3:03 PM

Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.

No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents.

10 Nov 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo | Archipelago | Tue, November 10 2015, 3:04 PM

Thousands of families affected by the continuous eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, are reportedly experiencing a shortage of clean water and are being forced to survive on rain and river water for their daily needs.

One of the evacuees from Perbaji village, Cana Sembiring, 40, said the water crisis at the shelters has been taking place for the last six months and was partly caused by a faulty pipe network from the Lau Makam spring.

16 Sep 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Wed, September 16 2015, 3:11 PM

After showing relatively low volcanic activity over the past weeks, Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again on Tuesday, triggering pyroclastic flows and spewing volcanic ash that enveloped surrounding areas. Tuesday’s eruptions add to the long list of the volcano’s major eruptions over the past five years.

13 Aug 2015 description
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The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, August 13 2015, 8:48 AM

The Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) announced on Wednesday that 370 homes for Mount Sinabung eruption evacuees in the Siosar forest area in Merek district, would be completed this month.

Karo BPBD acting head Matius Sembiring said the homes were allocated for residents of three villages whose homes were destroyed by pyroclastic clouds from Mt. Sinabung .

The three villages are Bekerah, Suka Meriah and Simacem, all located in the danger zone of within a 3-km radius of the volcano.

10 Aug 2015 description


On 8 Aug Typhoon Soudelor killed six people in Taiwan, Province of China.
On 9 Aug Souledor hit Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces in mainland China.

04 Aug 2015 description


WFP’s Country Programme reflects Indonesia’s transformation to middle income status and the challenges of ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable people attain food security as the country progresses economically. The programme also reflects the shift in WFP’s role from direct operational engagement to capacity building and the empowerment of government and communities to address hunger and nutrition challenges.

03 Aug 2015 description


Heavy rains during the last two weeks have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. On 31 Jul, the President’s Office announced natural disaster zones in Chin State, Sagaing Region, Magway Region and Rakhine State. As of 2 Aug, the Government has reported over 200,000 people affected and 36 people killed. This figure is likely to rise as more information becomes available.

The Government is leading the response providing food, water, medicines, shelter, non-food items, cash and other relief items.

27 Jul 2015 description


Heavy seasonal rainfall on 14-19 Jul caused flooding in Sagaing Region.
On 23 Jul, the Government's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) reported that some 70,000 people were affected by the floods in 11 townships, with nine fatalities and over 12,000 houses damaged.

07 Jul 2015 description


  • Government of Karo district increase the level of Sinabung as Level IV (alert) ON June 2, 2015.

  • Sinabung Volcano activity is predicted to continue the eruption up to five years.

  • 10.644 people (3,149 families) from 12 villages were displaced and dispersed in 10 shelters. Refugees not only comes from the village southeast side of Peak crater, but also the north side of the village, east and southwest

06 Jul 2015 description


Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.

40 people dead

The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.


28 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, June 25 2015, 8:37 AM

With experts unsure when to expect an end to the volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, the government has revealed a plan to build temporary houses for over 10,000 local people affected by the volcano’s eruptions.

25 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Tue, June 23 2015, 7:14 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has handed over Rp 6 billion (US$450,000) worth humanitarian aid for victims of Mount Sinabung’s eruptions.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chairman Syamsul Ma’arif handed over President Jokowi’s assistance directly to Karo regent Terkelin Brahmana in Kabanjahe, Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

Syamsul said the President’s assistance would be used to meet the basic needs of Sinabung refugees in Karo.