Basarnas Admits Difficulty in Evacuating Climbers on Mount Marapi Lifestyle – 31 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Mount Marapi in West Sumatra it continues to spew volcanic ash. The National SAR Agency (Basarnas) said that these conditions made it difficult for the team to evacuate a number of climbers who were still trapped on the mountain.

“We are still afraid of this eruption. Because up until this afternoon the eruption was still happening. We don’t want volunteers to become victims either,” said Head of the operational disaster preparedness section at Basarnas Agam, Hendri, as quoted by detikSumut, Monday (4/12/2023).

Previously, Basarnas found 11 climbers dead. Meanwhile, there are still 26 more people who have not been successfully evacuated because they were on the mountain when the eruption occurred.

“The latest data we received was that 75 people were there, 26 were still upstairs, the rest had been taken downstairs,” said Hendri.

The climbers who were successfully evacuated have been taken to hospitals in Bukittinggi City and Padang Panjang City to receive intensive care. Others have been brought by their respective families.

Mount Marapi, which is in the Agam and Tanah Datar districts, West Sumatra (Sumbar), erupted on Sunday (3/12/2023). This mountain with a height of 2,891 meters above sea level spewed a column of ash containing volcanic material up to 3,000 meters from the top of the crater accompanied by a roaring sound.

Based on direct reports from the field by the Agam Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Control and Operations Center (Pusdalops) team, the volcanic ash rain fell with such high intensity that it made the atmosphere in the villages around the mountain very thick and dark.

Read the detiksumut article, “Basarnas Says Evacuation of Mount Marapi Eruption Victims is Difficult, Here’s the Cause” in full

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