On the evening of 13th February 2014, Mount Kelud – an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia – erupted violently, spewing stones, gravel and sand. Volcanic ash reached distances of over 200 km, causing several regional airports to shut down and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people to safer areas.
Sathya Sai devotees of Surabaya, Java, conducted a quick survey of the affected areas and began offering aid to displaced victims in Batu, located 20 km from Malang. On 21st February 2014, a team of nine Sathya Sai volunteers distributed rice, sugar, oil, milk, tea, coffee, biscuits, instant noodles and water to nearly 1,500 people. In addition, they distributed much-needed blankets, clothes, undergarments, disposable diapers and medicines.