Indonesia’s most active volcano, mount Merapi, erupted six months ago. There were 322 dead and an additional 136,585 locals had to be evacuated. You might wonder why this is relevant now. Of those 136,585, 100,000 lost their houses during the eruption, but since then another 3,750 had to leave their homes as well so as not to be swept off with them by what this article calls “cold lava”, more commonly known as mudflows. These mudflows careen down the slopes of the volcano, torrents of water, ash and debris creating a cement-like substance. These people have fled to shelters set up by the government and various Non-governmental Organizations or been taken in by kind-hearted inhabitants of surrounding villages.
By Clara Lang-Ezekiel.
April 19th 2011