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Jakarta Post

Mt. Kelud ash forces people to stop activities in Yogyakarta

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, February 14, 2014   /  12:29 pm

Raining ash originating from erupting East Java volcano Mt. Kelud has limited visibility and thus forced people to stop their activities in Yogyakarta. All schools have been closed as has Adi Sucipto International Airport.

'€œAll schools have told students to stay at home over concerns,'€ said Dwi, a resident in Bantul, on Friday.

Airport general manager Andi Wirson said all flights in and out of the airport had been canceled due to the ash.

'€œThe airport has been covered in 2 centimeters of ash. We have halted all operations and are waiting for conditions to improve,'€ he said.

The ash has killed fish in dozens of ponds in Prambanan, hurting the livelihoods of residents there.

Mount Kelud began erupting on Thursday night, sending thousands of people fleeing for evacuation centers. Ash has covered several cities in the area, including Kediri, Malang, Blitar, Yogyakarta and Surakarta. (dic)

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