Latest Volcano Eruption in Indonesia Causes Thousands to Flee

A group of vegetable sellers wear ponchos, face masks and helmets to protect themselves from ash as they use motorcycles to transport donated food to villages affected by Mount Merapi’s eruptions at a temporary shelter in Jumoyo village in the city of Magelang. Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta, courtesy

“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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2 Responses to “Latest Volcano Eruption in Indonesia Causes Thousands to Flee”

  1. Florentino Sarmento Says:

    I want to inform Pak Adhong (as he is usually known – Adhong Syahry Ramadhan, CRS Indonesia Response Manager)that we are with him and his family in this very difficult situation. Through Pak Adhong we also think and pray for all those victims who we don’t know them personally. May God Almighty grant you all with strength and courage to face this terrible disaster.

    Florentino Sarmento
    CRS Timor Leste

  2. Zebedeus Selsus Says:

    Dear Pak Florentino Sarmento & the Team,

    As one of ex-CRS employee, I’m very pleased to read about all of your involvement in Merapi’s Eruption which is very much helpful to all the people who needs our supports. I’ll pray to Almighty God for every of CRS programs that smoothly executed and brought blessing to all human.

    Pls accept my warmest regards to you and all the team.

    Yours faithfully,

    Zebedeus Selsus

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