The Central Java
Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has prepared evacuation routes and shelters
in response to Mt. Slamet’s increased volcanic
Head of the rehabilitation and reconstruction division at the
Central Java BPBD, Arus Horizon, said that his agency had coordinated with the
five regencies that would most likely be affected by any large-scale eruptions
in setting up evacuations posts. Mt. Slamet is currently at level II alert
status (out of four) with a 2-kilometer danger zone around the volcano.
More than 174,000
residents in 34 villages in the five regencies could be affected if the
situation escalates, said Central Java BPBD head Sarwa Permana.
“According to the
Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center [PVMBG], Mt. Slamet has a
different character than other volcanoes. Evacuation is not necessary right now
even though it is at alert status,” Sarwa said, adding that the nearest
villages were located around 6 km from the crater.
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