Indonesia: Volcano evacuees get 'love tents'

  • 7 February 2014
Lava and ash spew from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by Mount Sinabung

People forced out of their homes because of an erupting volcano in Indonesia can now access "love tents" at their camps when they're looking for privacy, it's been reported.

The bilik asmara - meaning "romance chambers" - are a discreet distance from the rest of the camp, where thousands of people have been living since the eruptions at Mount Sinabung started in September. The tents each have a rubber mattress and changing area, the Jakarta Post reports.

Apparently the new facilities are popular with couples at the shelter. Evacuee Riana Sembiring says: "They are indeed suitable for couples in need of venting their sexual desire, especially after staying in the shelter for months," although she wouldn't say if she had made use of them herself.

But the North Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency, which is providing the "romance chambers", says they're for married couples only. "We never guard them but simply monitor them from the command post," one official said.

Mount Sinabung erupted again earlier this week, leaving at least 15 people dead.

An evacuee inspects one of the 'love tents'

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