”They also burned seven houses in the village and forced dozens of villagers to flee to the nearby forest.” Meanwhile, the Nahdlatul Ulama [NU], one of Indonesia’s major Muslim organizations, also appealed for calm in the wake of the attack.
2. Mount Ile Lewotolok Eruption in East Nusa Tenggara Province Prompts Mass Evacuation
Hundreds of people living on the slopes of Mount Ile Lewotolok in East Nusa Tenggara province’s Lembata Regency fled the area, as the mountain spewed stones, sand and volcanic ashi into the atmosphere.
Video footage acquired by Kompas.com showed the panicked locals fleeing towards safer ground at lower altitudes, particularly after they heard loud noises coming from the mountain.
“We have picked up more than 21 thousand people and brought them to safer ground in the town of Lewoleba, as we have done according to emergency plans. We managed to supply them with food for the time being,” said Lembata Regent Yance Sunur.
“I also urged the evacuees to abide by Covid-19 health protocols during the evacuation, so as to avoid a cluster in the camps housing them.”
The Lembata Police Precinct were also deployed to the area “to assist the evacuation. They also helped evacuate the elderly by carrying them,” said East Nusa Tenggara regional police spokesman Chief Police Johannes Bangun.
Mount Ile Lewotolok spewed volcanic ash to a height of four thousand meters. High winds spread the ash to villages in the Ile Ape and East Ile Ape districts to the west and east