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Jakarta Post

President visits Mount Sinabung, asks refugees to be patient

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, September 7 2010   /  09:09 am

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono went to Mount Sinabung Monday for the first time after the volcano started erupting 10 days ago, visiting makeshift shelters hosting more than 21,000 refugees and inspecting disaster management operations.The presidential entourage arrived after a two-hour car trip from the provincial capital, Medan, made under bad weather.A group of children at one shelter welcomed Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono with the popular song Buat Apa Susah (No Need to Worry). Yudhoyono told residents to remain patient during their stay at the shelters and to return home only after the volcano was no longer a threat.“I understand it’s not pleasant to stay in these shelters for days but I hope you can all be patient and pray that Mt. Sinabung will no longer be dangerous so you can all return to your homes,” he told evacuees at the Jambur Sempakata community hall, ...