Karo, February 21st 2021. Mount Sinabung ash dropping in Tanah Karo Regency, North Sumatra occurred again on Saturday (20/2). The mountain is located 88.9 km and takes about 3 hours from Medan City. PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL Axiata) at the same time distributed masks to rural residents. The masks that were distributed to the residents as many as 5,200 masks were handed over directly by Territory Sales Manager of XL Axiata in Karo-Langkat area, Maf'ul Taufiq to Village Official, Mulia Ginting and the owner of the journalist post, Anto Sembiring in Tiga Pancur Village, Simpang Empat District, Karo Regency, North Sumatra.
Group Head of XL Axiata West Region, Desy Sari Dewi, stated, "XL Axiata is also concerned about Mount Sinabung disaster, which is still active and emitting ashes. Therefore, XL Axiata made donations in the form of masks for residents and journalists who covered the condition of Mount Sinabung. Masks are also needed to anticipate in the event of an eruption and the threat of volcanic ash that have an impact on health."
Desy added that this assistance was a form of XL Axiata's concern for residents around Mount Sinabung. Hopefully the assistance provided can ease the burden on victims and also reduce the health effects of volcanic ash. XL Axiata has made sure the network is secure and continues to operate normally. The technical team continues to monitor network conditions so that people can continue to use data services and communicate to contact families.
Village officials, Mulia Ginting, would like to thank XL Axiata for their attention and donations. Masks will be distributed to residents in need so that they will provide health benefits for them to avoid volcanic ash and also follow the government's recommendation to use masks.
Until now, XL Axiata's network has remained normal and continues to operate serving customers around Mount Sinabung.
Meanwhile, the owner of the journalist post, Anto Sembiring, said, "The condition of Mount Sinabung is difficult to predict, so it continues to be monitored so that it can be immediately informed. Fellow journalist are often here, both domestic and foreign journalists to record and report on the condition of Mount Sinabung. Sometimes up to several days they are here. These masks are certainly very useful for those who are in the field when covering."