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Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to affected areas in Indonesia after Mt Semeru eruption: MFA

Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to affected areas in Indonesia after Mt Semeru eruption: MFA

Mount Semeru spews smoke and ash in Lumajang, Indonesia, on Dec 5, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Tuesday (Dec 6) advised Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to affected areas in Indonesia after the volcano in Mount Semeru erupted two days earlier.

"Given the volcanic activity of Mount Semeru ... Singaporeans in Lumajang and Malang should monitor these developments closely and avoid Mount Semeru and its vicinity," said MFA in a travel advisory.

The eruption of Mount Semeru in East Java spewed a cloud of ash 15km into the sky, prompting Indonesian authorities to evacuate nearly 2,000 villagers to 11 shelters, although no casualties have been reported so far.

Indonesia's volcanology and geological hazard mitigation agency on Sunday raised the alert level for Mount Semeru to Level 4, which is the highest level. 

The agency also issued a warning to residents not to approach within 8km of the summit, or 500m of riversides due to risks of lava flows. 

It added that no activities should also be carried out "from the southeast area of Mount Semeru along the Besuk Kobokan river, up to 17km from the crater, and 500m from any Besuk Kobokan riverbank". 

MFA said that Singaporeans should take necessary precautions for their personal safety and are encouraged to e-register with MFA if they have not done so.

Those who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta at +62 (21) 2995 0400 or +62 811 863 348.

Singaporeans can also approach the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.

Source: Reuters/CNA/rc(sn)

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