Indonesia: Mt Agung Volcano - Sep 2017Alert
The increasing unrest in the Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia, since 10 August 2017 has led the authorities to raise the alert at the highest level. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km around the volcano. According to the ARISTOTLE emergency report, the increasing unrest does not necessarily mean that an eruption will take place, nor it can give precise indications on when/if this would happen. However, historical data shows that the eruptions of this volcano were of a big magnitude (latest in 1963-1964). (ECHO, 24 Sep 2017)
As of 24 September, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near active Mt Agung Volcano in Bali and dispersed across 238 locations in seven districts in Bali. The number is expected to increase as well as fluctuate as there are still people who have not yet left their villages or who commute between homes and evacuation sites during the day for daily chores. On 24 September, the national disaster management agency (BNPB) sent 14 tons of assistance to the island and is providing over IDR 1 billion (US$ 75,000) to Karangasem District to operationalize the Command Post there and is preparing ready-to-use budget for emergency response activities. (OCHA, 25 Sep 2017)
On 22 September 2017 at 20.30, Indonesian Authorities (PVMBG) increased the status of Mount Agung in Bali from Level Three (High Alert: Orange/Ready to erupt) to Level Four (Red alert/Danger), the highest level for a volcano and the third consecutive rise in a week. The volcano of 3,031-metres is located in the district of Karangasem, in the province of Bali, roughly 72 kilometres to the north-east of the popular tourist destination of Kuta. As of 20:00 on 25 September, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) evacuated more than 63,000 people from their homes, however the number keeps steadily rising. The evacuees are dispersed across 9 districts in more than 300 locations, with the majority of evacuees in Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng. More than 21,000 are in Karangasem, the 523 square kilometres district surrounding the volcano. The evacuees are staying in temporary shelters, sports centres, village halls as well as with relatives and host families (IFRC, 27 Sep 2017.)
The high volcanic activity has put some districts in a state of emergency with any potential eruption in the future. The authority reported that there were 484 temporary shelters distributed in 9 districts with a total of 134,229 displaced people (ACT Alliance, 29 Sep 2017.)
As of 7 October 2017, there were more than 141,000 displaced people who were distributed in 331 displacement shelters across 9 districts in Bali. The number of displacement shelters decreased due to government’s order for those living in the safe zone to return home, and since displaced people sheltered in Banjar (sub-village halls) were transferred to permanent buildings. Low pressure white plume, likely dominated by water vapour, is observed emitting continuously from the main crater and reached the altitude 1.500 metres. (Yakkum Emergency Unit, 8 Oct 2017)
As of 13 October, there were around 138,000 evacuees dispersed across 9 districts in more than 350 locations. The majority are in Karangasem, Klungkung and Buleleng. More than 50,000 are in Karangasem, the 523 square kilometres district surrounding the volcano. The evacuees are staying in temporary shelters, sports centres, village halls as well as with relatives and host families. (IFRC, 13 Oct 2017)
On 29 October, the Centre of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) lowered the alert level of Mt. Agung, an active volcano on Bali island, from Level IV (Dangerous) to Level III (Alert). Evacuees who lived outside the no activity zone are beginning to return home but advised by authorities to remain cautious. The emergency response period for handling evacuees remain in effect until 9 November. Over 140,000 people evacuated following the increase in the alert level issued on 29 September. (OCHA, 30 Oct 2017)
Mount Agung erupted and spewed black smoke at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday 21 November, with the height of the smoke reaching more than 700 meters from the peak of the mountain. The volcano's status is set at the third highest alert level, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has previously said. At least five villages were affected by the ash, including Pidpid, Nawakerti, Bukit Galah, Sebudi and Abang Village. The villages are located within the danger zone of the volcano, kompas.com reported. (Jakarta Post, 21 Nov 2017)
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While there are plentiful stocks of food, water, medicines, and other supplies, evacuees fear they are in for a long wait that could disrupt their livelihoods
By Nyimas Laula
KARANGASEM, Indonesia, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Nearly 135,000 people on the Indonesian island of Bali have left their homes and taken shelter in makeshift evacuation centres after warnings the Mount Agung volcano could erupt at any time, officials said late on Thursday.
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Jakarta | Fri, September 29, 2017 | 09:10 am
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said cultural approaches are often more effective than structural ones in handling those fleeing natural disasters.
“The handling of disasters in Indonesia is unique. This country is a disaster laboratory with special characteristics,” BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement on Thursday.
He admitted it was often quite difficult for the authorities to evacuate residents from their homes.
The Jakarta Post
Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara | Thu, September 28, 2017 | 06:00 pm
Hundreds of people from dozens of families in Karangasem, Bali, have chosen to evacuate to Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), after the alert for Mount Agung was increased to the highest level last week following an increase in its volcanic activity.
Thousands of residents have been evacuated as two volcanoes, one in Indonesia and one in Vanuatu, threaten to explode.
About 11,000 people living on the island of Ambae, part of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, have been ordered to evacuate by boat due to threat of explosion. Smoke billowed up from the volcano on Thursday, and officials said that the volcano had become increasingly active over the past week.
Mount Agung (district of Karangasem, Bali province) is on red alert/danger level of volcanic activity since 22 September.
As of 28 September, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that over 96 000 people have been evacuated in 430 shelters. They also advised people not to approach the volcano within 12 km from the crater.
Over the next 24 hours, no heavy rain is forecast to affect Bali island.
Number of Agung evacuees rises to 96,000 Bagus Saragih Bagus Saragih The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, September 28, 2017 | 06:21 am
The number of residents evacuated from their homes near Mount Agung in Bali continues to rise.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 96,086 people had been evacuated to 430 shelters in eight regencies and a city across Bali, as opposed to 81,152 recorded as of Tuesday evening, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.
By Panca Nugraha
The Agriculture Ministry's Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Directorate General has set up a joint volcano emergency readiness team, which has been working since Monday to evacuate cattle belonging to residents living in the vicinity of Bali's Mount Agung.
The team comprises personnel from the animal husbandry directorate general; the House of Representatives Commission IV overseeing agriculture and marine sectors, the Bali administration, the Bali Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Agency, and the Karangasem Agriculture Agency.
The status of Mount Agung has been raised to WARNING (AWAS-level 4) since 22 September 2017. The Indonesian Disaster Management Authority (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana / BNPB) has issued a 12 km radius exclusion zone from the crater. It is predicted that three districts along the northeastern hemisphere zone: Karangasem, Klungkung, Bangli will be directly impacted.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On 22 September 2017 at 20.30, Indonesian Authorities (PVMBG) increased the status of Mount Agung in Bali from Level Three (High Alert: Orange/Ready to erupt) to Level Four (Red alert/Danger), the highest level for a volcano and the third consecutive rise this week.
The volcano of 3,031-metres is located in the district of Karangasem, in the province of Bali, roughly 72 kilometres to the north-east of the popular tourist destination of Kuta.
The volcanic activity of Mount Agung in Karangasem regency (Bali) continues to increase. The alert level was raised to 4, as the volcano is entering a critical phase.
Evacuations have taken place in an area between 9-12 km around the crater. National authorities reported that over 75 600 people have been evacuated in 377 shelters.
According to the Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM), Agung volcano in Bali has been showing elevated signs of unrest in the form of increasing volcanic seismicity over the past six weeks, starting from August 10th. CVGHM raised the alert level from 1 (normal) to 2 (warning) on 14 September 2017, to 3 (eruption imminent) on 18 September 2017, and to the highest level 4 on 22 September 2017, at 8:30pm local time1.
Alert status Mount Agung has been issued by BVMBG the date of 22 September 2017 at 20:30 pm an impact on increasing the number of displaced people are spread throughout the County / City in Bali. Up to date 25 September 2017 20:00 pm based on information from the Main Post Tanah Ampo, there are at least 334 refugee points in all areas of Bali.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set to visit on Tuesday afternoon a number of residents taking shelter in Klungkung, a Bali regency that is hosting the second largest number of evacuees who fled their homes in anticipation of Mount Agung's possible eruption.
Jokowi and First Lady Iriana will visit a shelter in Swecapura sports hall, which is one of Klungkung's 162 camps hosting a total of 19,456 evacuees.
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, September 26, 2017 | 07:37 pm
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to deliver humanitarian aid to Mount Agung evacuees during his visit to Bali on Tuesday.
“The President’s assistance is in the form of various goods worth more than Rp 7.1 billion [US$ 530,643.35],” Social Affairs Ministry’s social security and protection director general Harry Nikmat said, according to Antara in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Last Updated: September 25, 2017 6:03 AM
Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated the area around Bali's Mount Agung volcano as Indonesian disaster officials said an eruption could be imminent.
A spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency said Monday that people have taken shelter in all corners of the island and some have crossed to the neighboring island of Lombok.
The increasing unrest in the Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia since 10 August 2017 has led the authorities to raise the alert at the highest level. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km around the volcano.
According to the ARISTOTLE emergency report, the increasing unrest does not necessarily mean that an eruption will take place, nor it can give precise indications on when/if this would happen. However, historical data shows that the eruptions of this volcano were of a big magnitude (latest in 1963-1964).
Ni Komang Erviani
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Willem Rampangilei said on Wednesday that the government took measures to anticipate the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali.
The volcano alert status has been increased to Siaga, the third level on the alert scale, due to an increase in the volcano's seismic activity.