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Mount Merapi death toll reaches 273, eruptions easing down YOGYAKARTA - Indonesia's Mount Merapi death toll has increased to 273 after long weeks of constant eruptions, officials said Wednesday.

Rescue workers continue digging up bodies from the thick ash accumulated on the slopes of Mount Merapi as officials have maintained the highest warning level for the volcano, although experts say Merapi is beginning to calm.

But despite Merapi's hot ash slowing down, officials have maintained their guard up, warning people to remain distant as it could erupt again at any moment.

The National Disaster Management Agency confirmed the number of deaths after its latest count that included additional people who died from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the eruptions. In addition, 300,957 people have been displaced and 577 people are currently being treated.

Thousands of people have returned to their villages despite government warnings. On Monday alone, officials said around 30,000 people made their way back, and at least 20,000 more have followed since.

While Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has declared the eruptions as a crisis situation, he announced that victims will receive compensation for their lands and livestock lost during Merapi's eruptions.

Meanwhile, the tourism industry in Yogyakarta, which is one of Indonesia's main cultural and touristic attractions, located just 20 kilometers from Mount Merapi, is beginning to recover, officials of the city's tourism office said.

The rainy season has helped clean up several streets that had been covered with volcanic ash.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 November 2010 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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