At least 16 evacuees have died in shelters and hospitals as Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra keeps erupting intensively, officials said here on Wednesday.
“Data shows 16 people have been dead,” Syamsul Maarif, head of the national disaster management agency, said at the State Palace.
Mount Sinabung’s eruption continued on Wednesday, spewing column of ash as high as 7,000 meters into the air, the highest since last September, he said.
Maarif confirmed that lava flood was threatening several villages at downstream of rivers as the lava has flowed into the rivers.
“The threat of cold lava is lingering. In recent days, lava has flowed into the rivers and we are concerned that it bloated the rivers and burst their banks,” said Maarif.
The agency so far has allocated 21 billion rupiah (2.1 million U.S. dollars) for emergency relief aid, he said.
So far, the number of evacuees has went up to 26,088, from 25, 516 recorded on Saturday evening.
The 2,457-meter-high Mount Sinabung has been back to life since September last year after remaining quiet for around 400 years. It has erupted intermittently since then, but went into overdrive frequently last November and December.
Mount Sinabung is among the 129 active volcanoes in the archipelago country, which is prone to seismic upheavals as it sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” encircling the Pacific Ocean.
MAGNITUDE 4.4 – GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.
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Depth: 5 km
Distances: 74 km E of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 01:35:19.0 2014-01-15
15 km W of San Bernardino, United States / pop: 209,924 / local time: 01:35:19.0 2014-01-15
5 km N of Fontana, United States / pop: 196,069 / local time: 01:35:19.0 2014-01-15
MAGNITUDE 4.9 – MID-INDIAN RIDGE
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 317km (197mi) NNE of Amsterdam Island,
2269km (1410mi) SE of Ile Rodrigues, Mauritius
2618km (1627mi) SE of Mahebourg, Mauritius
2620km (1628mi) SE of Plaine Magnien, Mauritius
2652km (1648mi) SE of Port Louis, Mauritius
MAGNITUDE 5.4 – SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
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Depth: 88 km
Distances: 354 km NE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 05:38:07.0 2014-01-15
63 km NE of San Juan, Argentina / pop: 447,048 / local time: 06:38:07.0 2014-01-15
51 km NE of San Martín, Argentina / pop: 10,140 / local time: 06:38:07.0 2014-01-15
The Virgin Islands has joined the short list of Caribbean islands with confirmed cases of a mosquito-borne virus that is new to this hemisphere, government announced Monday.
Three Jost Van Dyke residents have been diagnosed with chikungunya, which is rarely fatal but causes similar symptoms as dengue, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
“It is important to note that these confirmed cases were not exposed to travel, which alerts us that the virus is already in our mosquito population,” said Dr. Ronald Georges, a medical officer in the ministry.
So far, there have been nearly 130 cases of the virus recorded in the Caribbean since it was first detected in St. Martin in December. The French side of that island has confirmed 98 cases, while the neighbouring Dutch side has recorded one.
Nearby Martinique has recorded 13 cases, Guadeloupe three, and St. Barthelemy seven, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Three confirmed cases of swine flu at the Elmwood jail has spurred authorities to restrict visiting and access to three cell blocks while instituting a series of health measures to prevent further spread of the virus that has caused more than a dozen deaths in the Bay Area this season.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that three inmates at the lower-security holding facility in Milpitas are ill with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The infections, the first of which was reported Friday, affect two male dormitories and one female dormitory. Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the agency, said jail staff were also dealing with at least four other suspected cases.
Since the beginning of flu season in October, the nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz County have recorded at least 17 flu deaths, four of them in Santa Clara, which is the highest individual county total. The bulk of those deaths have been reported since the beginning of the year.
Solano County on Tuesday reported its first flu death.
With a single-dorm capacity of 64, nearly 200 Elmwood inmates have been exposed to the virus. Stenderup said the jail was taking a multitude of health-safety measures but do not plan to seal off the affected areas.
“We’re not up to quarantine status, but we’re trying to take precautions to reduce unnecessary exposure to staff, inmates and the community,” he said.
Among those precautions has been to cancel visiting through Friday for the A and D dorms in the M8 men’s building, and the D dorm in the W2 women’s building. Inmates in those areas are undergoing daily health screenings by jail medical staff and the infected are receiving treatment, Stenderup said.
Access to the dorms is limited to essential personnel, which includes jail staff, law-enforcement personnel and inmate attorneys. They are being provided with masks and gloves and are being advised of the risks of visiting the cells.
Stenderup said inmates cannot be compelled to wear masks if they refuse. Inmate transport between affected and unaffected dorms has been restricted to “essential movements,” which essentially cover extraordinary circumstances.
Flu shots are among the first services offered to inmates upon booking, but they’re only administered with consent. Stenderup said in light of the swine flu cases, inmates who initially refused the shots are being reminded of their availability.
H1N1 appears to be the predominant strain this flu season, causing concern because unlike other strains it can result in deadly pneumonia even in young, healthy people.