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Jakarta Post

A lack of rationality caused deaths, says SBY

  • Erwida Maulia and Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Yogyakarta   /   Wed, November 3 2010   /  09:25 am

Most of the fatalities in Mount Merapi’s recent string of violent eruptions could have been avoided if the people living on the slopes of the mountain had thought rationally and followed the government’s warnings, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says.Since it started erupting last Tuesday, the world’s most active volcano has killed 38 people and injured scores more.“If only our people had really listened to what the government said. If only our people had been more rational...,” Yudhoyono said upon his arrival Tuesday afternoon to Ahmad Yani Airport in Central Java’s capital of Semarang, after listening to the latest update on the eruptions from Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo.“This is a big lesson for us. We can be a more rational nation, have faith in the Almighty and yet understand the way things work from a scientific point of view,” he said as quoted by Antara ...