We are checking the air quality and the quality of the meals as well. For meals, the samples were taken from public kitchens
Lumajang, Jawa Timur (ANTARA) - The Center for Environmental Health and Disease Control (BBTKLPP), Surabaya, East Java, as the Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) of the Health Ministry, has conducted air and food quality inspections at shelters for Mount Semeru refugees.

Surabaya BBTKLPP laboratory analyst Arifah Hendra said the team has carried out quality inspections of ambient air and indoor air as well as monitored the quality of meals and clean water.

"We are checking the air quality and the quality of the meals as well. For meals, the samples were taken from public kitchens," Hendra informed on Friday.

One of the inspection locations was the refugee shelter at Supiturang 4 Elementary School in Supiturang village, Pronojiwo sub-district, the analyst said.

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Meanwhile, meal inspections were carried out in public kitchens at the same shelter, Hendra added. The meal inspections were carried out to check for nitrate, nitrite, borax, formalin, and E.coli, the official informed.

"We will take samples. In one day, there are three samples. We will check all the public kitchens as well," Hendra continued.

The sampling and examination results will be analyzed in the existing laboratory, the analyst said adding, the results of the analysis and evaluation will then be reported to the Health Ministry.

"So, every day we will take turns to report the results of monitoring from various shelters," Hendra said.

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Mount Semeru erupted on December 4, 2021, with hot avalanches reaching Besuk Kobokan in Pronojiwo sub-district, Lumajang district, East Java province, at approximately 3.20 p.m. local time.

Pronojiwo sub-district is one of the areas that was severely affected by the eruption. Ten refugee shelters have been set up in the sub-district, with the number of refugees reaching 525 people, officials said.

Based on data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as of December 9, 2021, 43 people have died and 104 injured in the eruption. Of the total residents who were injured, 32 people were seriously injured, and the rest were moderately injured, officials said.

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