As a new Indonesian volcano eruption is imminent, thousands of villagers from the bottom of Mount Sinabung are leaving their homes and heading for safety.
Over this past weekend, Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has started to flare up and there is a immense cloud of smoke covering it at the moment, that has risen over 700 miles up in the air, thus making the region uninhabitable, according to BBC. They also report that there are no people injured at the moment.
The authorities have detected significant activity in Mount Sinabung and therefore, they have started to evacuate the residents of the villages from the foot of the mountain for the past month. Almost 2,000 people have been evacuated and transported to a temporary camp and on Monday 1,200 more were transported there.
Starting June 2nd, the alert level in the area has been raised, so that people may be assisted and taken to safe places, until the situation returns to normal.
Naturally, there are quite a few people who are afraid to leave their homes, along with all of their belongings and just leave all of a sudden to an unknown place. They try to cling to the normality that they have left and often say that they have to stay behind and tend to the crops.
However, staying behind is quite a dangerous option, since the site near Mount Sinabung is rather chilling. The thick grey smoke that rises from the mountain is making its way throughout the area, covering everything up in ash.
Last year in February, when Mount Sinabung erupted, as many as 14 people have lost their lives, as entire villages were utterly destroyed. The mountain had remained dormant for entire centuries, but back in 2010 it came back to life, putting the people who have built their homes around the mountain in grave danger.
Due to its particular composition, the soil is particularly fertile in this area, and so people greatly rely on agriculture to earn a living. This is why they feel compelled to tend to their crops, regardless of the risks this entails, because these are their only source of income.
Therefore, they people find themselves trapped between a painful death in the way of Mount Sinabung’s wrath and extreme poverty, which awaits them in the event that their houses and their crops get destroyed.
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