Words seem inadequate to express our sadness over the news of a volcano eruption on the Semeru Mountain on Indonesia’s Java island, on Saturday.
We are heartbroken learning that about 11 villages in Lumajang, in East Java, were affected, where 56 people have been injured with about 13 deaths.
Condolences to the deceased families and entire Indonesia on the loss.
The Consulate shares the grief of victims, children, traders, workers and farmers at this difficult time with deep sympathy and condolences.
We are aware of the devastations, physical and emotional scars this unfortunate incident would leave on the victims and affected communities, hence would always keep you in our prayers.
We congratulate the police and military officials working very hard to dig out bodies, as houses were buried to their rooftops and vehicles wholly submerged.
We appreciate the Indonesia Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) for the rapid response to treat the injured at various medical facilities and evacuate about 1,300 people from the affected areas.
We are also grateful for their efforts in rescuing over 10 sand mine workers who were trapped in buildings.
The Indonesian government has provided rescue shelters equipped with food, face masks, tarpaulins, and body bags for the affected persons.
Words may not be able to express our sadness, but we do want you to know that we have you in our prayers and would continue to provide any support needed in these trying times.