UNS — Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation Affairs (WR 3) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta, Prof. Kuncoro Diharjo, visited Mount Semeru monitoring post in Gunung Sawur, Lumajang, East Java on Saturday (8/1/2022) in UNS Semeru Disaster Taskforce withdrawal ceremony. UNS Semeru Disaster Taskforce was sent following Mount Semeru eruption on 4 December 2021 that claimed the life of local peoples and displaced thousands of locals.

In his visit to the post, Prof. Kuncoro was welcomed by Yadi, a monitoring post officer, who stated that the post continuously maintains coordination with Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) aUNS Semeru Disaster Taskforce was sent following Mount Semeru eruption on 4 December 2021 that claimed the life of local peoples and displaced thousands of locals.nd the volunteers.

Vice-Rector 3 UNS Visited Mount Semeru Monitoring Post in Gunung Sawur, Lumajang

“Coordination through five WhatsApp groups, thus after we share, the information will spread. BPBD also distributed HT (handy talky); thus, we always inform when there are pyroclastic flows,” Yadi explained.

The Center for Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) also prepared Mount Semeru disaster maps and areas that are safe from the disaster.

“There is an update on vulnerable areas, where does the volcanic material reach. On 1 December 2020, there was also an eruption, but the material only filled the Besuk Kobokan river. What we are anticipating is if there is a follow-up (eruption), where does the material will flow,” he added.

Vice-Rector 3 UNS Visited Mount Semeru Monitoring Post in Gunung Sawur, Lumajang

This is the reason that December 2021 eruption material filled and spread a few hundred meters from its natural path. Yadi suggested that the local people always be alerted during the activities around the vulnerable areas.

Besides visiting the post, UNS also visited several impacted areas, such as several hamlets in Sumberwuluh Village, Gladak Perak Bridge, and the relocation site in Sumbermujur Village. Humas UNS

Reporter: Bayu Aji Prasetya
Editor: Dwi Hastuti

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