- On January 9, 2011, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) downgraded the alert level for Mt. Merapi in Central Java Province from Level 3 to Level 2. Displaced families continue to return to houses near the volcano.
- In early January, rainwater and ash from Mt. Merapi mixed together to form volcanic mudflows, known as lahars, causing localized flooding in and around Yogyakarta city. As of January 11, floods had displaced approximately 600 people, according to the GoI National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).
- From late November to mid-December, a USAID/OFDA regional advisor traveled to Indonesia to assess areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in the Mentawai islands and the eruptions at Mt. Merapi. USAID/OFDA staff utilized assessment information to develop an early recovery strategy for families returning to their home areas around Mt. Merapi, focusing on helping families re-establish their livelihoods and rehabilitating water infrastructure.
- Since December 2010, USAID/OFDA has provided more than $1 million in additional funding for early recovery activities in Mt. Merapi-affected areas of Indonesia. To date, total U.S. Government (USG) assistance to Indonesia for the 2010 volcano and tsunami totals nearly $2.4 million. USAID/OFDA is currently focusing early recovery efforts on supporting families returning to affected communities through programs for economic recovery and market systems, agriculture and food security, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). USAID/OFDA and USAID/Indonesia staff continue to monitor conditions to ensure that affected populations receive adequate assistance.