After the most recent eruptions on the archipelago of Indonesia, ChildFund is continuing to work with the Indonesian Government and development agencies to support a coordinated effort to support the tens of thousands of Indonesians affected.

Since November 2013, the Indonesian volcano of Mt Sinabung has erupted multiple times affecting more than 200,000 people and resulting in the evacuation of 34 villages. Half of these villages were still waiting for the all-clear to return when this month's most recent eruptions of Mt Sinabung and Mt Kelud resulted in more evacuations. At least three villages are likely to be permanently relocated.

Tremors are still being felt around Mt Kelud and future eruptions are predicted. There are also concerns that heavy rainfall may result in a greater volume of lava flow and trigger landslides on already unstable ground.

ChildFund programme areas are outside of the immediate danger zone but have been affected by ash that has been pouring onto everything. The ash from the February 13 eruption made driving and moving about hazardous resulting in the closing of the local ChildFund office in Jogjakarta on Friday to ensure the safety of staff. Concerned by the effect of ash on children and adults’ health, ChildFund will be delivering masks to families to help mitigate the effects.

Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency and the Indonesian government are coordinating the immediate relief efforts. There has been no call for wider international help yet. ChildFund in collaboration with UNICEF and other international and local agencies based in Indonesia are assessing the medium and long term recovery required, given the extensive damage to schools, health clinics, crops and the contamination of water sources.

We will post more information as it comes to hand.

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