Volunteers rush to save animals threatened by volcano … – The New Journal

Volunteers defy danger to save thousands of abandoned animals within the «red zone» of the volcano Agung in Bali, which threatens to erupt for the first time since 1963 in the island resort of Indonesia.

More than 144,000 residents in this dangerous area around mount Agung fled their homes after the indonesian authorities decretaran the high alert, the 22 of September, recommending to keep at a distance of at least 9 kilometers from the crater of the volcano that roars from the month of August.

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Since then, the organizations that protect animals and the authorities rush to the aid of tens of thousands of animals abandoned hastily during disposal operations.

«We rescue, evacuate and feed animals in the red zone», explained to AFP a representative of the Network of Help to the Animals, Saw Verandhini.

Along with another dozen organizations, this oenegé Jakarta formed an emergency team of 12 people, who made brief incursions in the area threatened. May be affected by a rain of ashes or burning gases in case of sudden eruption of the Agung, away from the most tourist places of the island.

«I’m really worried because of us, that we act together to save animals, we do not know when there will be an eruption. There are tremors every day, perhaps every hour,» says Saw Verandhini.

He adds that the members of your organization have already evacuated hundreds of monkeys, pigs, dogs, chickens, and cows, among other animals.

All have been moved to temporary shelters, where they are fed. The volunteers encourage the owners to visit them to ensure that they receive a good treatment.

– Emotion and tears –

The breeding of cattle is an important source of income for people living on the slopes of mount Agung and the surrounding areas.

Localización del Monte Agung, en el sur de Bali. Foto: AFP/ENDUp to now, have been evacuated from the area some 10,000 cows but there are still another 20,000, according to the national agency for natural disaster management.

Some farmers sleep in the evacuation centers, but tend to return to the farm during the day to feed their cattle, according to the coordinator of a public agency animal rescue responds to the name of Natakusuma.

«From an emotional point of view, it is very hard for farmers to separate from their animals, not only for economic reasons but also because they deal with a lot of them,» says the AFP.

«That is why some insist in staying in his village with his cattle even though it is not secure,» he adds.

The authorities try to convince the peasants that it does not return to the danger zone, assuring them that their pets will be safe in the reception centres conditioners especially.

Several oenegés responded to the appeal launched on social networks to supply these facilities that need food, cages, water tanks and other materials.

Some evacuees were able to bring there their cattle, as Nyoman Suwarta, who still gets excited when he tells that he forgot their two doves.

«When I evacuated that night, I forgot to take them. It makes Me sad to not have eaten anything in six days,» he told the AFP after they were recovered in a reception centre.

Another resident evacuated, Ketut Pageh, is also happy to have been able to save their two cocks.

«I took them to not starve to death because there is nobody in the house to feed them,» says this 42-year-old, who said he sold his pigs before you go.

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