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Merapi erupts, death toll- 113
Published on 6 Nov. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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A powerful overnight eruption of Mount Merapi created chaos for Indonesia’s disaster response effort on Friday after an explosion of hot gases and debris killed scores of people and sent more than 160,000 villagers fleeing to underprepared evacuation camps.
At least 64 people were killed by the latest eruption, which was by far the largest since the volcano on central Java Island started spewing ash and gas on Oct. 26. The latest eruption brings the total death toll to 109, said Andi Arief, the disaster adviser to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Most of those killed were villagers engulfed by a rush of hot gases that hit the hamlets of Argomulyo and Bronggang about 12 kilometers, or 7.5 miles, from the volcano’s rim, blasting homes, people and animals, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster preparedness chief of the National Disaster Management Agency.

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