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Sinabung eruptions affect children’s welfare: Foundation

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  12:19 am

The ongoing seismic activities of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, for the past eight years have not only changed the lives of residents but also affected the health and education of their children, as thousands are exposed to volcanic ash.

Some 12,000 children are reportedly suffering from health problems as eruptions at the second-highest peak in North Sumatra continue, according to NGO Sheep Indonesia Foundation.

The children have also been forced to quit school for various reasons, said director Andreas Subiyono, adding that the foundation’s data was derived from monitoring children living in 27 villages in the area.

He urged the government to quickly address the problem.

“Otherwise, they will become a lost generation,” he told Mt. Sinabung survivors during a recent discussion in Medan, North Sumatra.

Sinabung erupted in 2010 af...