Deputy Health Minister: No immediate health concerns, masks as authorities keeping close eye on Mount Ruang eruption fallout

Lukanisman speaking to reporters at the event.

By Tedong Rantayy

MIRI, April 20: Deputy Health Minister of Malaysia Dato Lukanisman Awang Sauni has reassured the public that the government is closely monitoring the situation following the eruption of Mount Ruang in Indonesia.

“Precautionary measures are in place, and while there is no immediate need for masks as the eruption is at a considerable distance, the authorities remain vigilant,” he told reporters after attending the Raya gathering programme organised by the Miri Melanau association today.

He added that there have been no reports of severe haze affecting the community, and updates will be provided regularly to ensure public awareness and safety.

However, Lukanisman urged the public not to panic and to stay informed through official channels.

Mount Ruang, situated in Indonesia, erupted last Tuesday, releasing plumes of ash and smoke into the sky.

The eruption sparked concerns about potential hazards such as ashfall and air quality issues, as well as caused disruptions in air travel to Borneo.

Airlines have been forced to cancel flights as well as adjust their flight schedules and routes to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

The ash clouds produced by the eruption pose a significant risk to aircraft engines and can impact visibility, making flying in the affected areas hazardous. — DayakDaily