Since September 22nd, Mt. Agung on Indonesia’s Bali island has shown increased volcanic activity, prompting the government to order the evacuation of around 75,000 people living nearby. Today, ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief are on the ground in Bali assessing the situation to identify possible gaps in the assistance said to be planned by government agencies and local churches in anticipation of further displacement.
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.
A. Situation analysis
The accurate management of logistics and evacuation of affected groups in humanitarian settings is critical to avoid life threatening situations. This was one of the important principles discussed during a Humanitarian Logistics Training organized jointly by Ministry of Health, UNFPA Indonesia, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Bogor, from 27-29 September 2017.
Situation Report #2
Warning Status of Mt. Agung in Bali
As of 7 October 2017 at 06:00 pm local time, there were 141.322 displaced people who were distributed in 331 displacement shelters across 9 districts in Bali (source: BNPB).
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.
Updated 10 October 2017, 7:30 AEDT
By Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey
A week after urging tens of thousands of volcano evacuees to go home, Bali's Governor admits the camps are actually full of genuine refugees.
A week after urging tens of thousands of volcano evacuees to go home, Bali's Governor says he got his numbers wrong ... and the camps are actually full of genuine refugees.
Mount Agung’s rumbling may or may not portend a massive eruption on the scale of a century. Fortunately the probability this time is for great disruption to air traffic, tourism, and the local economy, rather than massive death and homelessness.
Elly Burhaini Faizal
To give people early warning of the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has installed sirens at six points around the danger zones of the volcano.
The sirens called “iRaditif (iCast Rapid Deployment Notification System)” are mobile sirens that can be moved using a vehicle.
The sirens are installed at the stations of Selat Police, Rendang Police, Tianyar Police, Kubu Police, and Abang and Karangasem military district commands (Koramil).
Authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali on Saturday asked thousands of people who had evacuated this week because of the threat of a volcanic eruption from Mount Agung to return home.
A statement by the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management said 70,000 evacuated residents of the 27 villages within the designated "danger zone" around the long-dormant volcano should stay put, but as many as 73,000 people from 51 villages outside that zone could safely go home.
Mercy Corps is monitoring the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, which has experienced a recent increase in seismic activity that indicates a possible eruption. According to news reports, around 145,000 people have already evacuated.
Mercy Corps has a dedicated emergency response team based in Indonesia that is coordinating with Indonesian national and local disaster management agencies, as well as other organizations, in the event the volcano erupts and Mercy Corps can support response efforts.
By Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey
In a back room of the village chief's office in the small community of Abang, close to Mount Agung, two young children lie on the floor, cradled and stroked by their mother and aunt.
The children are both severely disabled. They are among hundreds of disabled children among the 145,000 evacuated from around Bali's Mt Agung.
Thousands in Bali flee ahead of what officials are calling a dramatic increase in seismic activity, signaling an “imminent” eruption.
“I would definitely be following the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone,” Heather Handley, an assistant Earth sciences professor at Sydney’s Macquarie University told The Associated Press.
Mount Agung, located on the eastern side of the island of Bali, last erupted in 1963, spewing an ash cloud up to 12 miles (19.3 km) high, and killing 1,100 people. Anyone within a 7.5-mile (12.1 km) radius is urged to evacuate immediately.
In the evening of Friday the 22 September 2017, the district of Karangasem where Mt. Agung in Bali Island situated, was declared on its highest alert (red alert), followed by the instruction to exclusion zone of 9 to 12 kilometres from the summit. National and provincial authorities reported the significant increase of volcanic activity and by 23 September 2017 the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) deployed initial team to assess and set up the command post.
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.
Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation
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.
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.