KARANGASEM, NETRALNEWS.COM - Head of Information Data Center and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said until Wednesday (9/27/2017) there were as many as 1,384 cattle have been evacuated from Mount Agung (Gunung Agung) eruption threat in 30 points spread across five regencies by Animal Husbandry and Health Task Force.
This Task Force consists of Directorate General of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health at Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Service of Bali Province, and Agriculture Department of Karangasem Regency and as many as 18,616 cattle in the process of evacuation by the task force.
Sutopo said that the aid for handling cow evacuation has been distributed in the form of five tons of concentrate feed, 10,000 doses of medicines, one truck for livestock evacuation, construction of cages, roofs and accessories, and completeness for livestock identification.
The Task Force also facilitates assistance from various parties, where the assistance received has been continuously distributed in the form of 55 tons of concentrate feed, vehicle for livestock evacuation amounting to nine units of trucks.
"The Task Force continues to evacuate the cows. People may call hotline number 081238632084 for information service on handling of livestock health and animal evacuation that can be accessed 24 hours," explained Sutopo in a press release on Thursday (9/28).
Sutopo explained, the obstacle in livestock evacuation is limited amount of existing vehicles. There are currently 20 trucks available. Livestock feed stocks are also limited.
Based on data from National Counseling Posts in Karangasem, it is estimated that the number of cattle in dangerous radius is about 30 thousand cattle. Approximately 10,000 cattle have been evacuated by the community independently, and some are sold. It is expected as many as 20,000 cattle will be evacuated from affected areas.