Victims Merapi, Sultan Ask Residents Rise Soon!

YOGYAKARTA – Sultan Hamengkubuwono X expects that residents who were displaced by the eruption of Merapi soon rise from adversity. Therefore, it is assisting the Government of Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY), local governments concerned, as well as private party or the other, in maximizing post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction process.

“I beg the gentlemen have the will to rise. As the name help, will not always meet expectations,” said the Sultan to a number of refugees, on Monday (22/11/2010), at the Command Post in Jenggala Wonosari Babadan Hamlet, Wedomartani, District Ngemplak, Sleman.

But, continued the Sultan, how residents in these camps could rise up, then can work together with district and provincial governments in the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction. Even so, residents are asked to not have to think about next steps.

“I do not want to burden the gentlemen to think of something about the next stages. But from this incident, we can re-establish and build a future together,” said Sultan.

Sultan also asked the head of a village or hamlet head around the slopes of Merapi to register citizens who lost their homes or major damage. “We were just used so that data is complete,” he added.

Victims of Merapi Build Shelter Own

YOGYAKARTA-house temporary or shelter victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi in Sleman will be built by the community itself. They will be given the capital to build Rp. 6.5 million and construction will be supervised by the National Disaster Management Agency.

This was conveyed by Head of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif, in Yogyakarta, on Saturday (11/20/2010). Temporary shelters, according to the plan, to be built in several locations within 7-13 km from the peak of Merapi. Development wait for the end of the emergency response.

For now, the location of shelter will be built into a radius of alert, ie 10-15 km from the summit of Merapi, for example Glagaharjo, Argomulyo, Kepuharjo, Wukirsari, Umbulharjo, and Sindumartani. “Still not safe. Shelter is expected to be completed within a week. People will be given the capital to build their own. The house is expected to last for one year strong,” said Syamsul.

“While in Yogyakarta, a shelter home for single heads of households and their locations scattered, shelter in the disaster area Merapi, Central Java, will be as a barracks. People will stay in shelter until we enter the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase,” he added.

Also described, in addition to the house, BNPB also will manage the construction and infrastructure improvements, such as clean water, electricity, and access roads.

Here are the estimated number of family heads in Sleman, Yogyakarta, which will be given shelter development assistance, based on survey data of land preparation shelter BNPB:

  1. 833 families at Glagaharjo, will be built shelter in an area of 8 hectares in Banjarsari.
  2. Argomulyo 129 families, will be built shelter in an area of 8 hectares in Kuwang.
  3. 830  families at Kepuharjo, will be built shelter on 10 hectares of land in Pagerjurang.
  4. 338 families at Wukirsari, will be made shelter in the land of 3 hectares in the jiggle.
  5. 282 families at Umbulharjo, will be made shelter in the land of 3 hectares in Plosokerep.
  6. Sindumartani 15 households, will be made shelter in the land area of 3.5 hectares in Plumbon.

Merapi Refugees Start to Home

YOGYAKARTA – After a safe radius, Mount Merapi was reduced to 10 kilometers, the majority of refugees began to return. However, some other refugees opted to stay in refugee camps because the house was heavily damaged. Returning refugees complain of electricity grids and water facilities are still not functioning.

Refugee Camp in Jogja Expo Center, the number of refugees continues to decrease. On Friday (19/11/2010), only the remaining 571 refugees from earlier could reach the 1600 refugees. Decrease the number of refugees, also followed by reduced flow of volunteers and logistical support to the refugee camps.

According to officials at the Command Post Displacement JEC, Wahyudi, the decline in the number of refugees occurred since the last two days. “Within the next few days, post refugees in JEC will most likely be moved to another location with a capacity smaller space. Although few in number, we do not reducing the quality of service,” Wahyudi said.

Refugees in Post JEC among others came from Sub Cangkringan, Turi, Pakem, Nglemplak, and Sukoharjo. Basuki, refugees from Turi, claimed to have returned to the house because the electricity and water networks in the area of their village still does not work. “Still waiting until completely safe,” they said.

The number of refugees in Gunung Kidul District also continues to decrease. A total of over 3,000 people from a total of 12,000 refugees have returned to the slopes of Merapi. Refugees who remained in the Gunung Kidul are those whose homes were severely damaged and comes from Cangkringan District, Sleman.

Common Prayer, Interfaith, will be held

SLEMAN – Government of Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, will hold a joint prayer across religious and humanitarian fund-raising for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi.

“Interfaith prayer and fund raising is planned be held on Thursday, November 18, at 19.30 pm on Jogja Kembali Monument (Monjali),” said Head of Culture and Tourism Budiharjo Untoro Sleman, Sleman, Tuesday (16/11 / 2010).

According to him, the unfortunate eruption of Mount Merapi is a humanitarian disaster that require attention and support from all parties to overcome them.

“Until now the incident has invited sympathy and attention from the various elements of society, including culture and tourism community that sporadically has conducted humanitarian activities,” he said.

In addition, refugees numbering in the hundreds of thousands of people are spiritually also require assistance.

“For this reason, the activities of the prayer is expected to help foster the spirit of the refugees post-disaster re-eruption of Mount Merapi,” he said.

Untoro said these activities will involve cultural communities such as sekar sedah, bergada soldier, Cultural Council, Pepadi and tourism community, such as HPI, ASITA, PHRI, Java Promo, Cultural Council, and other elements.

“They will also be invited to attend a regional heads DIY and agencies in Sleman district, universities, amounting to around 500 people,” he said.

In addition to fund-raising event of the participants also will be filled with macapat by Sekar Manunggal Sembada Sleman, reflection and prayer.

“With activity expected to be collected funds for the victims of Merapi with more coordinated,” he said.

Merapi Tiger Starts Down to Magelang

MAGELANG – Tigers of the slopes of Mount Merapi seen wandering Karanganyar Hamlet, Village Ngargomulyo, Shaman District, Magelang regency, Central Java, since two nights ago.

“It’s been two nights in a row we know there are signs of leopard presence in our village,” Kemis (47) said, Chief of Hamlet Karanganyar, in Magelang, Monday (15/11/2010).

He said the animal sounds on Thursday and Friday night was a tiger. In fact, on Thursday night, he had shined the flashlight into a tiger near the cattle sheds when he was patrolling the local residents.

Most of the villagers, about six miles west of Mount Merapi’s peak, it is still located in various refugee camps.

This step was taken to avoid casualties due to the volcanic eruption of aftershocks in the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta.

The number of local residents as much as 45 heads of families or 130 souls. During an eruption of Merapi, since October 26, 2010 to the present, about 10 residents, especially men, still survive in the local hamlet.

As for others, especially women, children and the elderly, are in refugee camps, especially in Muntilan.

“I know exactly if it is a tiger. There was spotted. Approximately of goats,” he said.

As he highlights the tiger, with a flashlight, the beast is then walked slowly left the corral local residents. “We do not interfere with the important principle,” he said.

Other local residents, Surandi (70), said she heard the sound tiger on Friday night.

“That night, a vigil in the village we deliberately did not approach the sound source. But it is the voice of a tiger,” he assured.

Merapi is Closed Fog This Morning

Yogyakarta – Mount Merapi began today with a relatively stable activity. But visually, especially from the south, this mountain can not be monitored directly because fog closed.

Based on data from seismograph Hall of the Mountain of Fire Investigation and Development (BPPTK) from 00:00 to 6:00 o’clock pm, there is no hot clouds. Volcanic earthquake occurred four times.

In addition, successive tremors continue to occur. To this extent has not recorded a tectonic earthquake.

Monday (11/15/2010), faintly visible Visually Merapi this morning. Based on the monitoring of AFP in Berbah, Sleman, the body of the mountain can not be seen because of clouds. While on a mountain top soaring clouds faintly visible towards the west.

Merapi fog this morning also complicate the observation in a number of postal workers. They did not get a perfect view on the most active volcano in the world.

“Merapi observed somewhat vague because fog closed,” said Naryo, the officer heading the observation of Medari Sleman, via handytalky at frequencies 149,070.

There was until this has not been any reports of rain on the slopes of Merapi. The rain is certainly wary because of the potential increase of water discharge to the rivers that disgorge on the mountain.

“There has been no report of rain. Let us monitor together,” explained BPPTK Nartono picket officer in conversation with AFP.