Indonesia’s Lewotolok Volcano Eruption Causes Thousands to Take Refuge, Spews Up 4 Km High Ash

Eastern Indonesia’s recent volcanic eruption has caused a state of panic amongst the citizens as it prompts the evacuation of thousands of people.

Mamta Raut

November 30, 2020

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Eastern Indonesia witnessed a volcanic eruption on Sunday, November 29, that threw up a column of ash which was measured as high as 4000 metres, in the sky. The eruption resulted in the evacuation of thousands of people who were a resident of the close-by area.  As per reports, about 2,780 locals from at least 26 villages had to take refugee from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok. The place is situated on the Lembata island of the country’s East Nusa Tenggara province.

Raditya Jati, the representative and spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement that ‘no deaths or casualties have been reported so far’. However, she claimed that the volcanic eruption has surely caused ‘a state of panic among those living nearby. A 17-year-old boy, Muhammad Ilham, who witnessed the eruption reportedly said that ‘the local residents nearby were panicked and they are still looking for refuge and are in need of money right now’.

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Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation agency revealed on its website that the region where the volcano erupted is likely to be swarmed with “hot clouds, lava stream, lava avalanche, and poisonous gas”. The head of the Centre, Pak Kasbani while addressing the eruption said that the alert of the Volcano was raised to the Second-highest level on Indonesia’s four-tier alert system citing ‘increase in its activity.

Post the eruption, the Disaster Mitigation Agency had reportedly advised all villagers and climbers to avoid entering within 4 kilometres of its range. Additionally, they have also asked citizens to be careful of the peril of lava. Along with the Disaster Management agency, even the Transportation Ministry was seen taking effective measure to prevent further harms. A local airport in the area has been closed and flight warnings have been issued as the emission of ash covered several areas of the island.

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Mount Ili Lewotolok is 5,423-meter high and is one of the three mountains which have currently erupted in Indonesia after Merapi and Sinabung. Indonesia in total has about 130 active volcanoes which is more than any other country.

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