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Indonesia's volcano toll rises to 311, temporary houses built

11-24-2010 09:01 BJT

SLEMAN, Indonesia, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of fatality of Indonesia's volcano eruption in Central Java rose to 311 on Tuesday, authorities started to build temporary shelters for those homeless, officials said.

The most volatile Mount Merapi of over 2,968 meters high in Central Java has frequently erupted since Oct. 26, spewing hot ash containing sands and other materials to as high as 3,000 meters and forcing evacuation of hundreds of thousand people.

National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency said that the latest data of death toll on Monday evening was 309 people. The figure increased to 311 on Tuesday as two people being treated in main hospital of DR Sardjito in Yogyakarta died on Tuesday morning, said Ningsih, official in charge for managing the death bodies from the volcano eruption in the hospital.

"This morning one of the patients from the volcano eruption died and right now another patient also died," she told Xinhua.

As many as 465 people were still treated at hospital for their injuries, Disaster and Mitigation Management Agency official in Jakarta told Xinhua by phone.

The government has started building over 300 houses for survivors who have been homeless near the volcano, as over 300,000 of evacuees have returned home as the intensity of the volcanic activity was declining, officials said.

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