Indonesian rescue workers, wearing gas masks, continue to search for victims of a volcanic eruption which killed at lest one hundred and eighty two people last week (20 February) in Central Java.
Indonesian rescue workers, wearing gas masks, continue to search for victims of a volcanic eruption which killed at lest one hundred and eighty two people last week (20 February) in Central Java. Officials say the toll may reach two hundred one clouds of poison gas left and so allow more intensive search operations.
SYNOPSIS: A three-kilometre radius around the Sinila Crater has been evacuated. More than fourteen thousand villagers have been forced to leave the danger zone because the threat of poison gas still remains along the Dieng Mountain Range. A large-scale relief operation has now been organised for these evacuees from the provincial capital of Semarang, about 100 kilometres away.
The Sinila Crater had long been dormant before the explosion. Troops were involved in most of the rescue work and they discovered the majority of victims were killed not by the lava but by poisonous gas. The gas spurted from the volcano which erupted amid five hours of earth tremors.
More than one hundred and thirty bodies have already been buried in two mass graves. Other burial sites are being prepared as rescuers expect to find more victims once access rods to the village of Pekasiran are cleared. Pekasiran was the hardest-hit of five villages destroyed.