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Lahar destroys farmlands

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 5 2011   /  10:54 am

Clearing the road: Workers use heavy equipment to clear volcanic material that disrupted traffic on the Yogyakarta-Magelang highway in Gempol village, Magelang, in Central Java on Tuesday. Lahar from the slopes of Mount Merapi has caused chaos in the area. Antara/ParamayudaThousands were forced to flee their homes as lahar from the slopes of Mount Merapi inundated hundreds of houses and destroyed hundreds of hectares of agriculture fields in Magelang, Central Java, and Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Monday evening.

Heavy downpours since the afternoon in the regions sent thick layers of volcanic debris down the slope of Merapi, carrying logs and volcanic rocks of up to 2 meters in diameter, destroying everything they hit along the way.In Cangkringan district, Sleman, lahar destroyed at least two bridges and four houses. Thousands from a number of villages along the banks of Opak River we...