INDONESIA - Around 3,000 evacuee's livng near Mount Sinabung were allowed to return home on Sunday as the volcano's emergency status was lifted.
The evacuees were residents living in areas outside the 3-kilometer radius of Mt.Sinabung. Meanwhile, villagers whose houses are within the 3-kilometer were advised to remain at the temporary shelters.
"We have returned home 3,000 refugees today. Their settlements are relatively safe from the eruption," Karo administration spokesperson Jhonson Tarigan told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
When asked about whether the emergency relief period would be extended as thousands of refugees were still in temporary shelters, Jhonson said there had not yet been an official decision from the administration on the matter.
"We will have a meeting this afternoon to evaluate whether emergency relief will be extended," said Jhonson. Local activities had returned to normal despite the fact that Mt Sinabung continued to spew volcanic ash, he added. (ebf)