Floods of cold lava from volcanic eruptions material Gamalama crashing Tubo Village, Village Tofure Togorara along the river and swept to sea on Tuesday (27/12/2011).
According to the Head of Information and Public Relations Data Center BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, cold lava is due to rains that have occurred since at 14:00 to 15:30 EDT with drizzle to moderate intensity. Then followed heavy rains occurred since at 15:30 to 17:30 CDT.
"Then the rain at 17:30 to 20:00 CDT, drizzle-being. Consequently Togorara and Marikurubu River overflowed and brought the material cold lava," said Sutopo to INILAH.COM, Jakarta, Wednesday (28/12/2011).
Lava flooding caused three people were swept to death. Namely, Iskandar (37), Galong (7), and Wati Iskandar (10). Several houses were damaged.
Data Collection material damage is still done by BPBD North Maluku. Until now, the refugees are accommodated in the Hall of STM and Ex North Maluku Governor's Office. Other efforts BPBD North Maluku province and Ternate BPBD perform emergency treatment at the disaster site.
"BPBD Ternate in conjunction with relevant agencies have been doing the evacuation of residents whose homes were hit by cold lava. BNPB and BPBD continue to coordinate with PVMBG Geological Agency for observation Gamalama mountain," he explained.
Status of the mountain remain alert (level III). Rapid Response Team provides assistance to BPBD BNPB for emergency treatment. BNPB provide ready-made $ 500 million for the eruption of Mount Gamalama and Rp 300 million for the handling of cold lava.
"The funds are used for standby emergency and disaster relief. BNPB continue to improve socialization to the community regarding the potential increased threat of cold lava because with increasing rainfall," said Sutopo.