Thousands flee after Mount Anak Krakatau`s alert status raised to Level III

Thousands flee after Mount Anak Krakatau`s alert status raised to Level III

Picture of of Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait taken on Sunday (23/12) after the volcano erupted at 17.22 hours on Saturday (Dec 22). ANTARA FOTO/Bisnis Indonesia/Nurul Hidayat/pras. (ANTARA FOTO/NURUL)

Kalianda, Lampung (ANTARA News) - Some one thousand residents living along Teluk Kilaun coast in Lampung province evacuated to higher grounds on Thursday after the alert status of Mount Anak Krakatau was raised to level III.

"This afternoon, thousands of residents fled their houses. Some of them evacuated to mountain ranges, plantations, and their relatives` houses in higher grounds," Head of Teluk Kiluan village Kadek stated.

Most of the evacuees were children and mothers, he added.

The men were still on standby near the coast and stayed alert for sea waves, he noted.

"The men were on standby near the coast in the company of police and military personnel and other relevant officers," he revealed.

Kadek remarked that logistic stock for the evacuees will be enough only for two days and called on the government to send logistics to evacuation camps.

"The logistics that the Tanggamus district head and PMI (the Indonesian Red Cross) sent two days ago will be sufficient for two days only. We have asked for soaps, tarpaulins, and others (for the evacuees)," he explained.

Earlier, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) asked local residents to remain calm and stay alert for the increased activity of Mount Anak Krakatau after its alert status had been raised to level III (Watch) from level II (Alert) as of 06.00 a.m. on Thursday.

Reporting by Hisar Sitanggang/Damiri, Suharto
Editing by Andi Abdussalam 

 

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