Maumere (ANTARA) - The Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has urged the public to remain alert for rain-induced lava floods from Mount Ile Lewotolok in Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

"For people who live around river flows, be aware of rainy lava floods," head of the Ile Lewotolok Volcano Observation Post, Jeffry Pugel, said when contacted from here on Thursday.

He gave the advice based on the monitoring of rainfall at the volcano's peak by the observation post.

Pugel said that all rivers that originate from the peak of Mt. Ile Lewotolok have the potential to be affected by lava floods when there is high intensity rain at the peak.

"Therefore, if there is rain at the peak, people must be alert to the potential threat of rain lava," he explained.

The Ile Lewotolok volcano is the only volcano in East Nusa Tenggara whose status is at level III or alert.

As per a volcanic activity report submitted by the Ile Lewotolok Volcano Observation Post, 15 eruptions, with ash rising as high as 200 to 300 meters, were recorded from 6 a.m. to 12 noon local time on Mt. Ile Lewotolok.

The Geological Agency also advised the public not to carry out activities within a two-kilometer radius of the eruption center.

People have also been asked to remain alert against potential lava avalanches from the east, south, southeast and west of the peak.

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