Merapi Death Toll Passes 300

JAKARTA More than 300 people have been killed since Mount Merapi volcano began erupting late last month, an official said on Sunday, with more than 200,000 people still living in makeshift camps. Agam Ferdatama, a disaster management official, said the toll had now reached a total of 304. “Rescuers have recovered more bodies around the […]

Dozens of Jakarta Flights Cancelled

JAKARTA Thirty-six flights to and from Jakarta’s main international airport were cancelled on Saturday because of the volcanic eruption from Mount Merapi, a Soekarno-Hatta International Airport spokesman said. “Thirty-six flights to and from Jakarta from 11 airlines have been cancelled today. I think it’s for safety reasons due to the volcanic ash from Merapi,” spokesman […]

Merapi Death Toll Nears 100

YOGYAKARTA At least 54 people were killed and dozens injured on Friday when Mount Merapi erupted again, with scores more suffering severe burns and breathing problems, officials said. The latest deaths bring the total toll to almost 100 since the country’s most active volcano started erupting on October 26. “The number of dead bodies we […]

UPDATE 2: Mt Merapi Eruption Kills 35

RANDUSARI At least 35 people were killed and dozens injured on Friday when Mount Merapi in Central Java erupted again, burning villages as far as 18 kilometres away, officials said. The latest deaths bring the total toll to more than 70 since the country’s most active volcano started erupting on October 26. “The death toll […]

UPDATE: Eighteen Dead in New Merapi Eruption

RANDUSARI Mount Merapi in Central Java killed 18 people in another huge eruption on Friday, a hospital source said, as the government widened the danger zone and ordered new evacuations. The latest deaths bring the total toll to more than 60 since the country’s most active volcano started erupting on October 26. “The death toll […]

New Merapi Eruption Kills 11

YOGYAKARTA A powerful new eruption of Mt Merapi in Central Java on Friday killed 11 people, a local hospital said. “Eleven people were killed in the eruption early today. Fifty others are being treated for burn injuries from the heat clouds,” said Banu Hermawan, a spokesman for Sarjito general hospital in Yogyakarta. The volcano had […]

Mt Merapi Erupts with Violent Force

PURWOBINANGUN Mount Merapi volcano erupted on Wednesday with more force than last week’s blasts that killed 36 people, spewing huge clouds of searing gas into the sky, scientists said. Witnesses said lava and burning rocks were also shooting from the crater of the 2,914-metre mountain, sparking fresh panic among nearby residents who have been living […]

President Visits Camps as Mt Merapi Rumbles

YOGYAKARTA Mount Merapi volcano spewed more deadly heat clouds on Wednesday as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited some of the 50,000 evacuees in shelters. Searing gas billowed from the crater of the 2,914-metre mountain in Central Java as the president repeated scientists’ warnings that further eruptions are likely over the coming weeks. “There will be […]

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