Anna Northey
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 16:21

By Anna Northey
Communications Advisor

Mount Agung relief effort intensifies as around 100,000 people evacuate to temporary shelters

Authorities have advised anyone located near the volcano, and in Bali, to prepare face masks and eye protection due to fall of volcanic ash from an eruption

Ubud, 27 November 2017 - The alert status of Bali’s largest volcano, Mount Agung, has been raised to the highest level.

The volcano has shifted from steam-driven phreatic eruptions to magmatic eruptions. It erupted three times on Saturday 25 November. At night a red glow can be observed which authorities say is light reflected from lava in the crater.

100,000 people have been instructed by authorities to evacuate, as an ash cloud spews up to 7,600 km in the air causing ash to fall in the surrounding area.

The Mount Agung Relief group - a coordinated community effort - continue to respond to the most urgent and ever-evolving needs of the evacuees. The effort comprises of several Bali-based organizations and individuals including Kopernik, IDEP Foundation, Bumi Sehat, Rio Helmi, Rucina Ballinger, BaliZEN and the Green School Parents.

“The situation is volatile and the needs are evolving by the minute,” said Kopernik’s Chief Operating Officer, Ewa Wojkowska.

“It’s just not possible to predict how long this situation will continue but tens of thousands of people need assistance now as they wait in temporary evacuation centers,” she said.

Approximately 29,000 evacuees are currently residing in 223 temporary evacuation  centers across the island. While many people in the affected region had returned home in recent weeks, they are returning  to evacuation centers along with thousands more from within the evacuation zone of 8-10km.

Due to the fall of volcanic ash from the eruption, authorities have advised anyone located near the volcano, and in Bali, to prepare face masks and and eye protection. The Mount Agung Relief effort is continuing to provide N95 masks, including special children’s masks, adding to the 20,000 already distributed.

Over the past two months the Mount Agung Relief Effort  has delivered more than 40 truckloads of critical supplies to 20 evacuation points and built 26 toilets. Additionally, two volcano and community disaster response experts have been brought on board to train more than 700 community leaders in evacuation and emergency preparedness.

As of 27 November, the Mount Agung Relief Effort has raised USD$97,482, thanks to the support of more than 720 donors. Moving forward, the collective effort will continue to respond to the most pressing needs of the evacuees who wait in uncertainty for an unspecified period of time.

Watch an interview with one of the relief effort team members on BBC here.

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