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24 Jul 1998 description

At least nine people were killed when they were swept away after a landslide near the town of Kediri in the Indonesian province of East Java, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

The Republika newspaper reported that torrential rains on Thursday dislodged solidified lava from the slopes of the nearby Mount Kelud volcano and washed it into a nearby river.

At least nine people who had been collecting stones and sand were killed by the flows.

At least one person is still missing, the newspaper said.

Kediri is about 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Indonesia's second largest …

21 Jul 1998 description

Villagers living on the slopes of Mount Merapi were keeping a wary eye on Indonesia's most active volcano on Tuesday after it spread fine choking dust over the area, causing breathing problems and damaging crops.

Residents who had fled an area hit by the ash at the weekend have returned to their homes, with the volcano's status remaining on the second level of alert for a possible eruption.

"We never ordered the refugees to leave, but the clouds of dust scared them.

The dust gave them throat burn and respiratory problems," Julianto, an observer for the Department …

20 Jul 1998 description

More than 6,000 people had fled villages on the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java but the level of alert had not been increased, vulcanologists said on Monday.

Ratdomopurbo, a senior vulcanologist with the directorate of vulcanology in Yogyakarta, confirmed newspaper reports that local village authorities evacuated more than 6,000 people after the country's most active volcano emitted clouds of hot gas at the weekend.