40,000 people on Mount
Merapi need to be evacuated

Mount Merapi: (Kompas/Ferganata Indra Riatmoko)
Mount Merapi: (Kompas/Ferganata Indra Riatmoko)

Some 40,000 people living on Mount Merapi need to be evacuated after the volcano status was raised to alert level on Monday morning.

The people live in Sleman regency, Klaten regency, Magelang regency and Boyolali regency.

The Sleman administration had begun the evacuation at 7 a.m., kompas.com reported.

Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo called on local residents to leave their homes and find a safer location.

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