Mt Marapi eruption: No Malaysians affected, says Wisma Putra


Villagers stand near a paddy field as Mount Marapi volcano spews volcanic ash, in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, December 6, 2023, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. - Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra/ via REUTERS

PUTRAJAYA: No Malaysians were reported to be affected by the eruption of Mount Marapi in Indonesia's West Sumatra province on Dec 3.

In a statement Thursday (Dec 7), the Foreign Ministry via the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Medan confirmed the matter, which has so far resulted in loss of life and damage to property in the nearby area.

"Malaysia expresses its condolences and sympathy to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the families of the victims involved in the incident," the statement added.

Malaysians who require consular assistance or have any further questions can contact the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Medan at Jalan P. Diponegoro No 43, Medan 20152 North Sumatra, Republic of Indonesia, or via phone at +62-61 4531342 or +62-61 4523992 and email to mwmedan@kln.gov.my.

On Dec 3, Mount Marapi, the most active volcano on the island of Sumatra, erupted at 2.54pm (local time) causing ash rain in the Agam district of West Sumatra and authorities have advised people to wear face masks.

The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) also reported that the eruption spewed an ash column containing volcanic material up to 3km from the summit crater, accompanied by rumbling noises. - Bernama

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