Victim Last 94 Killed, 218 Missing

YOGYAKARTA, Until this morning, the death toll from the massive eruption of Mount Merapi, on Friday (05/11/2010), which was taken to hospital Sardjito Yogyakarta numbered 94 bodies. 48 bodies of which can be identified by a joint team of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).

As stated by Teguh, a member of Yogyakarta Police DVI to, Tuesday (11/09/2010). “Families who reported the loss of family members amounted to 218,” he added.

As is known, 64 bodies had been buried in mass burial place of the general (TPU), Sleman regency. Some families brought the bodies for burial.

The death toll was certain to continue to grow because there are still many bodies are yet to be evacuated, especially in the vicinity of Kali Gendol, where pyroclastic flows or whedus gembel.

Eko Sulistyo, volunteers from PKPU, when contacted, said today PKPU team along with members of Kopassus and PMI will return to the Hamlet Ngepringan, Cangkringan, to evacuate about 10 bodies in the vicinity of Kali Gendol.

Two days ago, the team has been through a location which is about 10 kilometers from Merapi’s peak. Nevertheless, only one body that can be evacuated because of the condition of Merapi spewing hot clouds.

Merapi Activity is Still High but Declining Strength

Jakarta – Predicted eruption of Merapi activity is still high. But the relative strength decreased compared to the previous day.

“Yes indeed there is an increase yesterday, indeed since 7 November morning at 4 in the morning sharp increase in non-stop and the sound of thunder could be heard more than 40 km, 60 km, a voice so thunderous very strong last night,” said Head of Investigations and Research Technology Mount the fire (BPPTK) Yogyakarta Subandrio.

Especially on Sunday (11/07/2010) at around 23:00 pm there is a local tectonic earthquake, which according to previous Subandrio not impact directly on the volcanic activity of Merapi.

“So far, the activity was still high this morning, but its strength was relatively decreased compared to yesterday,” he explained.

For incandescent lava, commonly occurs when the eruption. Last week the dominant lava towards Kali Gendol and Kali Woro.

“For the lava, not to report today,” he said.

Thus, to a safe distance from the eruption of Mount Merapi, Subandrio still maintains 20 km, has not changed.

“It’s to the south, southeast and west. To the northwest and north, the District Boyolali and most secure of Klaten distance of 10 km,” he said.

He also appealed to people not easily provoked the issue.

“Especially for the people around Merapi eruption should not fall for the issue of up to 60 km, there are toxic gases and so on, until now not proven,” he message.