Mount Ili Lewotolok Erupts, Citizens Evacuate

Residents from the eastern island of Lembata in the East Nusa Tenggara province evacuated after Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted.

Residents from the eastern island of Lembata in the East Nusa Tenggara province evacuated after Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted and sent ash 4,000 metres into the sky.

Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency reported that 2,700 people were evacuated from 28 villages on the slopes of the volcano while ash blanketed the area. 

Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said that there are still no reports of deaths or injuries following the eruption.

Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry issued a flight warning for the region, closed the local airport and grounded flights. 

Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation announced on its website that the area near the volcano is likely to be covered with “hot clouds, lava stream, lava avalanche, and poisonous gas” and raised the status of the volcano to the second-highest level on Indonesia’s four-tier alert system.


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