JAKARTA, NNC – Head of Data Center, Information and Public Relations of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said evacuees of Mount Agung disaster may return to their home. Sutopo also asserted with the current condition of Mount Agung, no more evacuation is needed.
Sutopo said this statement following the release of solfatara white smoke coming out of the crater of Mount Agung. Sutopo said the smoke is not dangerous because for the volcano that is on Alert Status to emit white smoke is natural.
"No need to worry. The status is alert. Dangerous zone is within 4 km radius. Evacuees may go home all. No need for evacuation," said Sutopo, as quoted from the official Twitter account, @Sutopo_PN, Monday (2/12/2018).
Sutopo further said although people are allowed to go home, there remain 18,708 evacuees spread over 177 evacuation points. According to Sutopo, this requires the role of regional governments in facilitating the return of evacuees.
Meanwhile, the return of evacuees from Mount Agung to Buleleng Regency, Kubu Sub-district is trapped by floods in Tukad Dalem of Tianya Village. This flood situation forces the evacuees to wait for the flood to recede.