Mt Sinabung`s volcanic dust spreads to North and East Aceh

Mt Sinabung`s volcanic dust spreads to North and East Aceh

Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, spewing volcanic material when erupted Monday (19/2/2018). (ANTARA/Maz Yons) ()

Lhoksukon, Aceh (ANTARA News) - Volcanic dust of Mt Sinabung`s eruption in Tanah Karo, North Sumatra Province, has affected several regions in North Aceh and East Aceh districts on Tuesday, triggering fears of health problems among locals.

Tengku Munadi, a resident of Tanah Jambo Aye Sub-district, North Aceh District, remarked that the volcanic dust had spread to his neighborhood from Monday evening at 8 p.m. local time to Tuesday.

Munadi`s statement was also confirmed by a resident of Madat Sub-district, East Aceh District, named Samsul Jalil, who claimed that ash emitted by Mt Sinabung had covered roofs of houses in his neighborhood.

"We are certain that the volcanic dust has covered roofs, trees, motorcycles, and cars. It looks like grey granules. However, visibility on roads is still normal and free from smog," he remarked.

Moreover, several local people have expressed concern over the impacts of volcanic dust on their health. Hence, similar to several residents in Tanah Jambo Sub-district, North Aceh District, they began distributing masks to the people at an intersection of Kota Panton Labu.

"We took the initiative to donate masks that we buy personally to people riding motorbikes, but the stocks are limited," Abdul Rafar noted.

Dust from Mt Sinabung`s eruption that has affected certain regions in Aceh Province was dispersed by wind. Hence, Head of North Aceh`s Disaster Mitigation Agency Munawar has urged locals to wear masks during their outdoor activities.

Reported by Mukhlis