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Jakarta Post

Refugee situation shows signs of chaos

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, November 9 2010   /  09:11 am

Covered in ash: Workers pass by the world-famous Borobudur temple in Magelang regency, Central Java. The temple is temporarily closed to the public due to the continuing eruptions of Mount Merapi. JP/J. Adiguna Refugees of the Mount Merapi eruptions have begun taking action to protect their villages from the volcano’s wrath, while conditions at some of the hundreds of refugee camps in the area were verging on chaos.About 60 families from Gondang Legi village in Wedomartani subdistrict in  Yogyakarta pooled Rp 5 million (US$560) of their own money to rent heavy equipment to build a barrier to deflect mud flows away from their homes.“We cannot just wait for the government to do it for us, otherwise volcanic mud will submerge the whole village,” resident Sakiran.Local residents said Monday the government should be well prepared to handle mud and lava flows sparked by volcani...