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Mt Merapi`s hot clouds kill 12 Argomulyo villagers

Jumat, 5 November 2010 07:48 WIB | 558 Views
Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - Hot clouds of erupting Mount Merapi had killed 12 residents of Argomulyo village, Cangkringan subdistrict, Sleman district, Yogyakarta Province, rescue workers said.

The victims were brought from the village by rescue workers and Indonesian Army`s special forces personnel to Dr.Sardjito general hospital in Yogyakarta for postmortem checks on Friday morning.

Besides killing a dozen residents, the latest hot clouds of the Mount Merapi, which continued to spew lava, ash and hot clouds since Thursday, also caused about 35 locals to sustain burns.

Among them were five toddlers. They were all rushed to Dr.Sardjito general hospital for medical treatment.

An on-duty medical doctor said the residents who sustained burn injuries covering more than 50 percent of their bodies should be taken to bigger hospitals having more sophisticated equipments.

The Dr.Sardjito general hospital was not the only hospital which received the Mount Merapi eruption`s fatalities and wounded survivors.

At least 13 injured survivors from Sleman district, Yogyakarta Province, were hospitalized at Suradji Tirtonegoro general hospital in Klaten district, Central Java.
The hospital sources said the victims generally sustained burn injuries covering 20 to 30 percent of their bodies.

Those residents of Cangkringan and Ngemplak subdistricts were not brought to Yogyakarta because the Dr.Sardjito general hospital`s rooms could no longer accommodate new burn-injured patients.

Due to the intensive large eruptions, the safety zone was extended to 20 kilometers.
On Thursday, thousands of evacuees sheltered 15 kilometers away from Mount Merapi`s crater were removed to safer areas as the volcano continued to spew lava, ash and hot clouds.

They were sheltered in a number of new evacuation camps including village heads` offices, school buildings and soccer fields.

However, not all of the evacuees sheltered in the danger zone in the subdistricts of Dukun, Srumbung and Sawangan, Magelang district, Central Java, were willing to move to new evacuation camps.

The local geological office of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Wednesday evening ordered the evacuation of people sheltered within a radius of 15km from the volcano`s crater.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono paid serious attentions to the impacts of Mount Merapi eruptions by visiting the disaster zones recently.

On October 26, Vice President Boediono had even handed Rp500 million in funds for handling thousands of people fleeing their villages near and inside the Mount Merapi`s danger zones to Yogyakarta provincial authorities at the office of the Hargobinangun village head in Pakem sub-district, Sleman district.

The Mount Merapi, located exactly on the border between two provinces, lies geographically close to Yogyakarta but is officially part of the Central Java, and has continuously erupted since October 26, spewing hot clouds into the air and sending lava down its many slopes.

The disaster had killed tens of people and displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

The Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, whose eruptions have regularly been detected since 1548.(*)