Monday morning Mount Merapi unleashed The Know It Guy, another explosion that made the Indonesians run for their lives. The Indonesian authorities had failed to admit to their shortcomings in handling the Tsunami and a volcano that killed about 500 people in a week. After last week’s disaster, the residents who had returned to tend to their livestock went running back to their shelters.
The city came to a standstill when the gray plume of ash shot up to the sky, enveloping the area in grey cries and wails that could be heard everywhere. Though there has not been a report of casualties uphill now, thousands have fled to overcrowded shelters looking for relief. The head of the volcanic eruption Centre was expecting more eruptions but didn’t know the strength they would happen.
The Indonesian authorities are already being accused of inadequately helping the Tsunami victims in which at least 450 were already dead. Storms and strong wind delayed the rescue operations. Though the military and Red Cross assisted in providing aid, even though the helicopter lacked coordination among the rescue workers, the food and supplies were being spilled due to improper handling.
According to the Indonesian authorities, the workers had been educated to handle emergencies. Still, everything happened so suddenly that those workers didn’t get any warning and were surprised. People fail to forget that natural disasters happen. You can adopt prevention methods beforehand, but you can’t wait for warning signs.
According to the locals, the recent eruption was stronger and devastating than last week’s eruption. Around 47.000 people have been displaced and are staying at government camps. Still, due to lack of coordination, the authorities fail to provide them the relief due to the suffering victims of the volcanic eruptions.
Alert levels have been raised as it has been reported that there are signs of volcanic eruptions in the other four volcanoes of Indonesia. So it’s time the Indonesian started to be more serious about enforcing the exclusion zone so that valuable lives of people can be saved.
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Their search operations are being carried out looking for the dead victims while their close relatives are burying some dead bodies. The Indonesians in the relief camps are suffering from respiratory infections due to the volcanic ash, and they are also facing symptoms of throat burn. So we should all try to play our part and help human lives as much as we can by supporting the Indonesians as you never know in which form we may end up facing natural disasters.
Mount Merapi’s spiritual gatekeeper of Mount Merapi is also dead, who, till his last breath, hanged around protecting the volcanic hidden spirit. He was a devoted spiritualist and took his job seriously. The people of Indonesia are the happy-go-lucky type though they are constantly facing the threat of erupting volcanoes as they always hope for the best, which keeps them on their two feet.
The author is an associated editor at IslamTribune, a US-based Online News Magazine, which tries to address the issues about people worldwide, especially the Muslim community. Visit IslamTribune.com for Breaking News, Current Affairs, and blogs run by people who have more to share with this world.