Violent Lahar Destroys Bridge in Lumajang’s Jugosari Hamlet

On the second day of 2022, Mount Semeru emitted lahar and lava that destroyed a bridge connecting two hamlets.

Smoke billows from the top of Mount Semeru. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG – Mount Semeru emitted lahar on Sunday (1/2/2022) afternoon, destroying the bridge that connects Sumber Langsep Hamlet to Sumber Kajar Hamlet in Jugosari Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency.

The Commander of the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Emergency Response Team, Kusmayadi, explained that the residents of Sumber Langsep Hamlet are isolated. As of Monday (3/1/2021) morning, the residents haven’t been able to evacuate.

"There are approximately 125 families or 405 people in six RTs in Sumber Langsep Hamlet that are affected," said Kusmayadi, Monday (3/1/2022).

Kusmayadi continued, the lahar flow was followed by lava avalanches from the crater of Mount Semeru. The lahar carried pieces of debris that included stone, sand, and bamboo. After coordinating with the local village government, the ACT emergency response team evacuated a number of elderly residents in Kamar A Hamlet, Supiturang Village.

The Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (PVMBG) has confirmed the alert status of Mount Semeru at level III (alert). Yadi Yuliandi, an observer of Mount Semeru at the Mount Sawur Volcano Monitoring Post (PGA) observed white smoke from the main crater that soared for about 100 to 500 meters from the peak, Monday (1/3/2022). []