YEU responses to Mt. Merapi Eruption


Hargobinangun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – 29/10/10 – 23:30 West Indonesia Time. As the status for Mt.Merapi in the morning of 26 October 2010 set by the government’s Center of Research and Development for Volcanic Technology (CRDVT) was on “Alert Merapi” which is the most critical and dangerous before it is predicted to erupt soon, Yakkum Emergency Unit or YEU decided to carry out thorough disaster assessment throughout threatened areas around Mt.Merapi.
YEU assessments were on four different sites, they were Sleman in southern part, Srumbung on the western slope, Selo on the northern area and Kemalang on the eastern side of Mt.Merapi.

Mt.Merapi is located about 32kms north of Yogyakarta and 88kms south of Semarang the capital of Central Java Province, Indonesia. Mt.Merapi is the most active one in Indonesia and has been among few most active volcanoes throughout the world.

Dita Novirani and Susi from YEU told that as early as 26 October, YEU took a step in responding the disaster occurred by appointing its training unit Disaster Oasis as IDP (internal displaced people) Camp. They called it as a ‘shadow barrack’ to IDP camp organized by the local government in Hargobinangun village.

“Our operation is under the coordination with the Hargobinangun camp, but we have our own authority to manage it”, as what Susi told.


At about the same time YEU decided to run an IDP Camp in its training center, the first eruption of Mt. Merapi occurred on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 at about 17.35 West Indonesia Time.

Thousands of people from several different villages around Mt. Merapi were being evacuated. Some of them were seventy people from Boyong sub-village in Hargobinangun village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, who came to Disaster Oasis on their own initiative.

One of them was Maryati, which then appointed by the IDPs to be a Barrack Coordinator together with another six people for six different barracks (read also another article “Maryati: From IDP to Coordinator”)

Boyong sub-village is located at about eight kilometers away south from the crater of Mt.Merapi. This makes the sub-village under the Ring One Area of 10 kms in radius.

Such a status requires its citizens to be evacuated on the first chance whenever a set up system alarms the coming disaster.

Through day four on 29 October 2010, the IDPs resided into Disaster Oasis barracks were 495 people from Boyong and Kaliurang Selatan sub-villages. YEU provided services on food distributions, medical services, and psychosocial services for children.

Dita told that the camp management carried out by YEU at its Disaster Oasis Training Centre hopefully can be a model for other camps in carrying out their services for IDPs. While Nathalia, also from YEU, has an idea to share it to other stakeholders so that there’ll be better camp management applied during the disaster response (prepared by Abang Rahino for Yakkum Emergency Unit)

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Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: Follow us in twitter @yeu2001
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One Response to YEU responses to Mt. Merapi Eruption

  1. Henrietta Morton-King says:

    To everyone at YEU, you are doing a wonderful job and I am proud to have worked with such an organisation. You are all missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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