Lumajang (Indonesia), Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by the volcanic eruption and promised speedy reconstruction work. At least 34 people were killed and thousands homeless in East Java province after a volcano on Mount Semeru exploded on Saturday.
President Joko Widodo visited Lumajang district of East Java province and told people that relief materials were being delivered to the needy. After meeting people in camps set up in a football field, the president promised to rebuild infrastructure, including the main bridge connecting Lumajang to other cities, and remove 2,000 more homes from at-risk areas.
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About 3,000 houses and 38 school buildings damaged
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said 56 people were hospitalized after the incident, most of whom suffered burns. He said rescuers were still searching for 17 villagers, who were missing after the blast. About 3,000 houses and 38 school buildings were damaged.
Andris R., field coordinator for Semeru emergency response in the Indonesian Red Cross. The sons said that the number of dead and missing could rise as the vast area was mountainous and inaccessible.
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