Jakarta (ANTARA) - The victims of the Mount Semeru eruption are in urgent need of clean water and underclothes, the commander of the disaster emergency response team, Colonel Inf Irwan Subekti, has informed.

"With the many evacuation points, the current urgent needs are water tanks, clean water, and cleaning utilities," he said at a press conference on 'The Review of Disasters in December and Post-Eruption Development of Mount Semeru', here on Friday.

Mount Semeru victims also need sleeping equipment such as pillows and mattresses, toiletries such as soap, he added. Men and women, especially mothers, urgently need underclothes, he said.

"This is what we hope for from anyone who wants to donate as the team is receiving a large amount of supporting logistics," Subekti said.

Assistance such as food and daily clothing is quite abundant, he informed adding, the logistical assistance is centered in Lumajang district's post.

According to Subekti, this proves the high enthusiasm of the community in helping others.

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Furthermore, large evacuation points have been set up at 24 locations, he said. Ten evacuation points are located in Pronojiwo sub-district, ten in Candipuro sub-district, and four are spread throughout Pasirian sub-district, East Java, he added.

"The assistance and volunteers are abundant. Also, there are 102 evacuation sites scattered throughout sub-districts of the Lumajang district," he said.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) has released a guideline for important logistics or supplies during a disaster in order to protect the self and family, he noted.

PVMBG has asked residents to ensure their disaster alert bag or first aid kit boxes have the following items: medicines, masks to filter dirty and polluted air, whistles to ask for help during emergencies, cash for emergency purposes, three days' supply of food and drink, flashlights, and batteries.

Next, evacuees should bring mobile phones or portable radios for getting information, and important documents and letters such as family cards, diplomas, and family photos for post-disaster use, according to the center.
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Editor: Suharto
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