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Ash from Mount Merapi grounds Indonesian flights
Jarkata, Nov 7 (Agencies):
Published on 7 Nov. 2010 11:46 PM IST
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The ash cloud bellowing out of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has caused the cancellation of dozens more flights. And officials have warned the death toll from the latest eruption would rise.
Airlines cancelled 50 flights yesterday and 36 flights were cancelled on Saturday, in an echo of events in Iceland this year when volcanic ash led to thousands of cancellations and transport chaos across Europe.
“Fifty flights to and from Jakarta from 15 airlines have been cancelled today for safety reasons. They are mostly flights which pass through Singapore,” Soekarno-Hatta International Airport spokesman Sudaryanto said.
The spokesman said Jakarta airport, which handles about 900 flights a day, remained open. Flights to cities closer to Merapi on the island of Java - including Jogyakarta, Solo and Bandung - have also been affected.
Mount Merapi started erupting on October 26 and a violent blow-out on Friday killed nearly 80 people.
The country’s disaster management agency yesterday said the overall death toll from the disaster had been revised down to 117, but it warned the toll would climb as rescuers reached stricken villages.
The volcano, which is 430km from Jakarta, continued to spew clouds of gas and ash yesterday.

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