Jakarta. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has killed 240 people
since it began erupting late last month, with more than 390,000 people
in makeshift camps, an official said.
“The Merapi death toll has
reached 240 people. And about 390,000 people have fled their homes,” a
disaster management official said on Saturday, updating the previous
official toll of 206.
The official, who declined to be named,
said the toll had risen after rescuers recovered more bodies in the
central Java area where the volcano is located.
That figure continues to rise as people with severe burns die from
their wounds and officials count those who have died from respiratory
problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the blasts.
addition, search operations continue for bodies buried under a thick
layer of ash that shrouds whole villages. On Friday, soldiers pulled
eight more bodies from around one hard-hit village, said Waluyo
Rahardjo, who works for the search and rescue agency.