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Jakarta Post

‘Sister Village’ prepared for Merapi eruption

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Boyolali, Central Java   /   Mon, June 4, 2018   /   07:45 am
‘Sister Village’ prepared for Merapi eruption Staying calm: A farmer works in her farming estate in Stabelan, Tlogolele village, Selo district, Boyolali regency, Central Java, as thick smoke emanates from the crater of Mount Merapi. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

The Boyolali administration has prepared an evacuation model called “Sister Village” in anticipation of possible humanitarian crises if major eruptions, like the ones in 2006 and 2010, occur at Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java.

In the Sister Village evacuation model, evacuees will live in residents’ homes in areas that are safe from the hazards of volcanic eruptions. The evacuation locations also must be near village administration offices, community health centers (Puskesmas), police subprecincts and other vital objects.

“Apart from residents’ houses, government offices and temporary tents erected on the fields can also be used as evacuation locations. We hope [there will be] no eruption hazards, but still, preemptive measures must be taken,” the Boyolali Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD) emergency affairs division head Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo said on Sunday.

(Read also: Polling stations prepared for Merapi evacuees in Boyolali)

He further said the Sister Village model would be implemented in the disaster-prone zone (KRB) II, which comprises areas located 5-kilometer radius of Mt. Merapi’s peak. The zone covers dozens of small settlements in seven villages in Selo and Musuk districts.

“Tens of thousands of residents live at KRB II. Under the Sister Village model, residents of Samiran village in Selo district, for instance, will be evacuated to Mudal village in Boyolali city district,” said Kurniawan.

Meanwhile, residents living at KRB III, or areas within a 3-km radius of the volcano’s peak, will be evacuated to Mertoyudan in Magelang regency. They include around 800 Stabelan residents in Tlogolele village. Kurniawan said the BPBD Boyolali had also prepared evacuation locations for livestock, especially cattle, belonging to the residents. (ebf)