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Mount Merapi victims buried in mass graves YOGYAKARTA - Yogyakarta witnessed another mass burial on Sunday. Search and rescue teams struggled to evacuate survivors and the dead - sacrificing some of their own in the process. Reports said five volunteers died Sunday; three were killed by searing-hot ash clouds and two were buried in three meters of ash.

Of the 88 victims of Friday’s eruption, 77 were buried in a mass funeral on Sunday at Beran public cemetery, Sleman district, in Yogyakarta. "Of the bodies, only 43 could be identified," said public relations officer Banu Hermawan from Dr. Sardjito General Hospital in Yogyakarta, where all the bodies were sent for identification.

With Friday’s eruption, the biggest ever for Merapi in the last century, the volcano has claimed 128 lives since it first began erupting on Oct. 26. The death toll may increase as many of the villages destroyed by the speeding hot clouds of ash and lava could not yet be reached by the evacuation team as of Sunday due to threatening eruptions.

"We have entered Argomulyo subdistrict, Cangkringan, but only to run away again from the hot clouds so we had to leave our car behind," an evacuation team member said. The joint team comprising military and police personnel was also forced to stop evacuation efforts after arriving in Ngepringan village in Wukirsari subdistrict, Cangkringan, where they found four bodies.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 14:09 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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