JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Head of Information Data Center and Public Relations of National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are as many as 14,000 farm animals located in the areas affected by eruption of Mount Agung.
According to Sutopo, of the figure only as many as 8,543 cattle have been evacuated and there are 5,457 farm animals are still in handling.
The handling of livestock is carried out because there are still people in the Dangerous Zone area of Mount Agung who have not been willing to evacuate for several reasons, among others, the cattle they own have not been evacuated and they feel they are still safe.
"It is not easy to carry out the handling of Mount Agung evacuees because it is unique. If the livestock is evacuated, then the people are willing to be evacuated, if not evacuated, then they will not be evacuated," Sutopo said at a press conference at the BNPB office on Monday (11/27/2017).
In fact, said Sutopo, there are as many as 90 thousand to 100 thousand people who must be evacuated from the danger zone. Thousands of people are spread across 22 villages.
Sutopo further explained that until now there are as many as 43 evacuation points for livestock consisting of cows, goats and pigs. There will also be plan to verify new shelters for livestock.
So far, the handling of livestock affected by Mount Agung eruption is done by the provision of fleets, such as trucks. People are also encouraged to evacuate themselves and their livestock to the safe zone, as well as socialization of evacuation procedures.
"The follow-up plan is continuously the officers monitor the shelter location. [We] also conduct registration for cattle which have entered the cages," explained Sutopo.