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New stream built to reduce lava impact

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2011   /  08:43 am

A new stream is being built at a section of Kali Putih River in Gempol, Magelang, Central Java in a bid to reduce the impact of lava floods from Mt. Merapi as the rainy season intensifies.

Head of Magelang regency disaster mitigation agency Eko Priyono said the new stream was urgent for streamlining the meandering section of the river, which originates from Merapi, to redirect the lava so that it does not affect residential areas and the main road connecting Magelang and Yogyakarta.

“This is urgent because when the lava comes, the volcanic material cannot flow according to the existing stream and instead goes straight down, hitting nearby residential complexes as well as cutting off the Magelang-Yogyakarta turnpike,” he said on Tuesday.

Eko said the total funding needed to complete the work was estimated at Rp 64 billion, which included bridge construction work, ...