With the collapse and pyroclastic flows on February 18, approximately 90% of the former Sinabung lava lobe had disappeared. A new lobe is occupied to form in the notch at the bottom of the second needle, and gives rise to glowing avalanches of block in the slope.
Sinabung - new lobe formation in the uppermost notch - Photo of 2015.02.20 / 3:29 p.m. Sadrah Peranginangin
Sinabung - new lobe formation in the uppermost notch - Photo of 2015.02.21 / 10:06 Sadrah Peranginangin
A pyroclastic flow has reached the furthest point since 2010, felling trees and razing houses in the villages of Suka Meriah and Gurukinayan between 7:20 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a villager in an interview with The Jakarta Post. These villages, like the other five (Simacem, Bekerah, Berastepu, Gamber and Kuta Tonggol) were included in the red zone and evacuated since November 2013.
The village of Suka Meriah: left, the 02.18.2015 after the pyroclastic flow - photo Sadrah Peranginangin - right, the same village a year earlier - photo Pierre Quiqueré / Kapt. Krokette - a click to enlarge
The head of the Disaster Mitigation Agency Karo says that the residents of this red area must be relocated to Siosar in the district of Merek. In a first time, 370 houses will be built for the people of Suka Meriah, Simacem and Bekerah before the month of June, and a second batch of 1,600 houses for the rest of the residents.
Today, a controversy has arisen concerning assistance funds to be siphoned off by the authorities. The coordinator of evacuation land, from thevillage Gurukinayan, says have evidence usable in court: increase in the number of people evacuated, people who refused to help, but still accounted, not collecting of the aid promised for the semester.
These accusations are denied by the director of the mitigation agency Karo District disasters, which claims to transparent management and promises aid for 25 February.
(Jakarta Post 21/02/2015)
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