In this post, I would like to talk about the recent tragic event that has happened in my country, to be more precise, in my hometown. As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, I used to live in Yogyakarta before I moved to work in Jakarta 3 months ago. A little story about Yogyakarta, it’s a place that is famous for a lot of things, and one of them is an active volcano called “Merapi”.
In October, Merapi exploded. The volcanic eruption is not something new, It has happened before in 2006 in which it claims the life of two people. But this time, it’s worst. The frequent erruption since October had claim the life of 109 people and there are still no sign of Merapi calming down its volcanic activity. The Danger zone that was 10 KM at first, becomes 20 KM now. Not to mention the increasing number of people that are taking refugee in a safer zone.
Even when people are in a place that is considered safe from a volcanic erruption, the whole area are not healthy. After Merapi exploded, it creates ash rain in the surrounding area.
The number of victims in this disaster are not yet fixed since some area that are destroyed by the erruption is not yet accesible. I really hate to say it, but there is nothing we can do for those who lost their life in Merapi except to pray that their soul may rest in peace. But “victims” are not only those who died. There are people who takes refugee and they really need help. From the information I gathered so far, people are in desperate need of tents, blankets, diapers for baby, masker,and lots of other things.
This is not the first disaster experience for people in Yogyakarta. Back in 2006, there’s an earthquake that killed more than 500 people, so I know really well that these people will endure tragedy. But I’m sure that they cannot do it all on their own. A helping hand in any form is always deemed necesarry in times like this. People who are far away could always reach them by a simple praying, pray for the victims of Merapi so that their life may return to normal.
If you want to make a donation, would you kindly sent it via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The account is not mine, but it belongs to a friend that is on the site. She’ll use the money to buy stuffs for people who took refugee. And please notify me via e-mail or in the comment box below after you make a donation. Because I need to report it to the account owner