JAKARTA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif has stated that BNPB has already anticipated the secondary impact of the eruption of Mount Merapi, a press statement said here on Thursday.
"We've taken steps to anticipate possible lava floods from upstream," he said.
A number of steps have been taken, such as focusing on dredging in the river of Code.
"Dredging is meant to expedite the flow of the river and to lift the sand flowing from Merapi eruption,"' he added.
As anticipation for the possible impact of the cold lava flood, the residents living along the left and right banks of the river have been requested to keep a minimum distance of 500 meters from the riverside.
To ensure the implementation of the dredging activities, Maarif has toured to the locations to inspect the work of the dredgers. He also toured to several temporary evacuation points (TPS) as well as to the permanent refugee posts (TPA) in Bantul Regency of Yogyakarta province.
According to the official data, the number of fatalities were 191, consisting of 161 in Yogyakarta and 30 in Central Java, hospitalized victims reached 598 and there have been 343,909 survivors/displaced persons (109,915 from Yogyakarta and 233,994 from Central Java).