1 September 2010, viewed: 646 times
On Sunday, 29 August 2010; Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra erupted and forced more than 27.000 people to flee from their houses.
The mountain it self has not been very active since its last eruption 400 years ago, hence information is much needed for the people in order to avoid confusion about the disaster.
The displaced people were staying on 9 different locations and are using public places like village halls and markets to take shelter.
Even though the Meteorological and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia said that the eruption had already passed its peak on Monday morning, the people are still afraid to go back home; in fear that they will breath in the sulfuric dust caused by the eruption.
Based on the updates from YEU’s network in Karo district, food supply is decent but the transportation are limited so it can not reach all the IDPs yet, since they were spread across the mountainous region.
The most found health cases are upper respiratory tract infections which almost 50 children suffer from it.
On the response to the volcano erruption, YEU will send medical team with medicines, family hygiene kits, baby kits and masks.
Psychosocial personnel also included in the team to provide psychosocial assistance and providing basic disaster awareness information to help the people understanding the current situation and avoid further confusion.
The team is expected to be on the ground on 31 August 2010.