“The volcano was rumbling all night long,” said Yenni Suryani, CRS Country Manager in Indonesia. “You could feel the tremors 12 miles away.”
Approximately 70 people were killed in the latest eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano after a gas cloud overnight hit surrounding villages with thunderous force. An estimated 75,000 residents have been evacuated from the area and more than 100 people have reportedly been killed since the eruptions began.
Catholic Relief Services is working with our local Caritas partner in the Archdiocese of Semarang to provide immediate assistance in the form of blankets, sarongs, sleeping mats and masks to approximately 10,000 people in the affected areas. Authorities widened the “danger zone” around the volcano from 9 miles to 12 miles.
CRS Emergency Response Manager in Indonesia Adhong Syahri Ramadhan, who lives within that “danger zone,” was forced to flee his home with his wife and three small children. Their home was covered in volcanic ash and sand. Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is located in a densely populated area in central Java.
Scientists are warning of further eruptions in the coming weeks.
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