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Jakarta Post

Mt. Sinabung erupts after 410 years

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Mon, August 30 2010   /  09:53 am

After no volcanic activity for more than four centuries, Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted early Sunday morning, leading to two deaths and displacing thousands living on its slopes. The eruption also led to the delay of several flights at Medan’s Polonia airport. N. Surbakti of Cinta Rakyat subdistrict reportedly died because of respiratory failure bought about by thick smoke. Reuters reported another death from a heart attack.Thousands of residents, forced to seek refuge at temporary shelters, complained of slow handling of emergency aid. They staged protests by blocking access roads to the Karo administration building, demanding food.As of Sunday afternoon, 50 tons of rice and 12,000 face masks have been supplied to temporary shelters.Eye witnesses said Mt. Sinabung erupted at 2 minutes past midnight with three explosions followed by a lava flow down the slope of...