Volcanic Ash Consumes Ripin’s Vegetable Rujak Stall

"I was at the shop at that time selling my vegetable rujak. The sky suddenly darkened, and the volcano immediately erupted. My husband, children, and grandchildren immediately ran without bringing anything. We really panicked because there was no warning," said Ripin to ACTNews, Wednesday (12/8/2021). Now, heaps of mud and puddles of water have soaked Ripin's vegetable rujak stall that was built right in front of the house.

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Ripin, a vegetable rujak seller affected by Semeru volcanic eruption. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG – Ripin (42) still vividly remembers the violent eruption of Mount Semeru. She is a vegetable rujak seller from Kajarkuning Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency, East Java.

"I was at the shop at that time selling my vegetable rujak. The sky suddenly darkened, and the volcano immediately erupted. My husband, children, and grandchildren immediately ran without bringing anything. We really panicked because there was no warning," said Ripin to ACTNews, Wednesday (12/8/2021).

Her house and stall were destroyed by the eruption. There’s nothing left of her stall after it was destroyed by the eruption. It’s now filled with mud and sludge. In addition, the volcanic eruption also damaged a small plot of land that her husband cultivates. The produce from this small plot of land is eaten by the family

Ripin and his family take some pieces of their furniture to their friend’s house in which they have been seeking shelter. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

My stall and rice field have been severely damaged. It’s only a month away before harvest,” said Ripin.

They fled to their relative’s house located quite far from the volcano. “Now, I am too afraid to stay in Kajarkuning Village. I moved some pieces of my furniture to a relative’s house. It’s just that we don’t know how long we will stay here. I don’t want to burden my relative by staying here for too long, but I have no other options,” she said. []