Left in the dust

New Straits Times - - Jom! -

MOUNT Sinabung is a stra­to­vol­cano moun­tain lo­cated at the Karo plateau of the Karo re­gency in North Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia. Af­ter ly­ing dor­mant for over 400 years, the 2,460m moun­tain erupted in 2010, caus­ing thou­sands of peo­ple liv­ing near the val­ley of the vol­cano to lose their homes.

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple liv­ing in the area, which had been cat­e­gorised as a red zone af­ter the erup­tion, were from the Batak Karo eth­nic tribe.

Although re­luc­tantto leave the land they

The in­side of an aban­doned Batak Karo house. A house aban­doned since 2014 af­ter the erup­tion of Sinabung vol­cano. in­her­ited from their an­ces­tors, they re­lo­cated. But they still farm the land although they do not live there­any­more.

The four vil­lages left be­hind are now de­serted, with lava com­pletely de­stroy­ing three other vil­lage­son the slopes of Mount Sinabung.

Sinabung vol­cano erupted in 2010. The erup­tion of Sinabung vol­cano forced the lo­cals to leave their homes in Desa Gurik­i­nayan, Karo, North Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia.

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