Indonesia has raised the alert level for the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano days after it triggered a tsunami that killed more than 400 people on the passing Saturday.
At the same time, the police on sea patrol are trying to convince people living on tiny islands near the volcano to evacuate for their own safety.
When the tsunami struck, four out of 100 residents on an island called Sangiang in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra were killed and dozens others injured by the surging waves. Most of those who survived have been evacuated. Given the fact that the volcano is still active, police want the rest to leave.
But they’re strong-willed and say they’re remaining where they are. Police have to make do with delivering supplies and giving any help that is needed.
Nunung Syaifuddin, Commissioner of the Indonesian National Police, said, “I understand the people. I would like to take them off the island but there is high ground and they feel safe.”
The islands are much closer to the Anak Krakatau volcano, also known as Child of Krakatoa volcano, than either Java or Sumatra ,which were both ravaged when the tsunami came ashore.
The mission on Java to recover those still missing and began to re-build has been hampered by bad weather. Roads have been flooded, at times bringing aid convoys to a standstill.
With a high death toll, thousands of homes and businesses have been reduced to matchwood. Many people have been forced into evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, the volcano is continuing to rumble, spewing ash and smoke into the sky, raising fears of further eruptions. Boats have been ordered to keep clear and all flights have taken other routes.