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Indonesia volcano death toll at 206

The death toll from a series of eruptions from an Indonesian volcano has risen to 206, officials said.

Mount Merapi began unleashing torrents of hot gas, rock and other debris more than two weeks ago after years of dormancy. The most significant blast came last Friday, the deadliest day at the mountain in decades.

The National Disaster Management Agency said that the toll had gone up from 194 to 206, after counting additional people who died from respiratory problems, heart attacks and other illnesses related to the eruptions.

Hot ash was pouring more slowly from the volcano, but experts warned residents to stay away, saying it could erupt again.


From Belfast Telegraph