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Residents warned of potential ‘lahar’ flow danger

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, May 11 2016   /  06:57 am

The disaster mitigation agency in Karo, North Sumatra, sent out a warning to residents around Mount Sinabung on Tuesday alerting them to the impending risk of lahar — a type of mudflow or debris typically composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris and water that flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley — after a child was killed on Monday in a similar incident.

The powerful lahar that occurred on Monday afternoon destroyed several houses in Kuta Mbaru village.

The potential for a further lahar, also known as cold lava flooding, remains likely considering the high intensity of rainfall in the region, said disaster mitigation agency head Matius Sembiring.

In anticipation of further lahar, he said the regency administration would dig a number of small rivers to divert the stream or flood, otherwise it could overflow into residential ...