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Jakarta Post

Over 4,600 residents evacuated after Ili Lewotolok eruption

  • Djemi Amnifu and Nina Loasana


Kupang/Jakarta   /   Tue, December 1 2020   /  01:00 am
This picture taken on Nov. 29, 2020 shows evacuees at a makeshift shelter after Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted spewing a column of smoke and ash 4000 meters high, in Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).(AFP/Joy Christian)

The eruption of Mount Ili Lewotolok in Lembata regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday morning has forced 4,628 residents out of their homes, according to the Lembata Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD). The volcano spewed a column of volcanic ash and smoke 4,000 meters into the air at 9:45 a.m. local time on Sunday. The eruption lasted around 10 minutes and brought down volcanic material as big as coconuts, said the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG). Ili Lewotolok’s alert status has been raised to siaga (watch), or level three of the country's four-tiered alert system, from level two, waspada (advisory), at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The 4,628 evacuees are taking refuge at seven shelters across the regency as of Monday, including at the old regent’s office complex, according to the Lembata BPBD. No injuries or damages have been reported. The ...