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Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi YOGYAKARTA - After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Earlier today, at least five bodies were recovered from the village of Plumbon, Cangkringan district, which is 14 kilometers away from the crater of the Mount Merapi volcano. This village was also hit by the large hot ash clouds of three days ago. It is expected that more bodies are buried under the ash here, but finding them is dangerous and very difficult.

Rescue workers can only enter the area around the Mount Merapi volcano partially because cloud cover blocks a free view on the summit of the volcano and the volcano keeps on exhausting hot ash clouds, like the most recent one just a few hours ago. In areas that have recently been hit by hot ash clouds, the soil is generally still too hot to enter as well.

The total number of casualties has now risen to 141 and it is widely expected that this number will increase dramatically as rescue workers use their precious chances to look for victims in the coming days. Most of the victims burned to dead during outbursts of hot volcanic ash clouds. In the district of Cangkringan, 11 people are still missing, they were rescue workers that entered the are but have not yet returned.

A hot ash cloud (locally known as <i>wedhus gembel</i>) comes thundering down one of Mount Merapi's slopes a few days ago.
A hot ash cloud (locally known as wedhus gembel) comes thundering down one of Mount Merapi's slopes a few days ago.



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Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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