Volcanic mudflow kills one on Mt. Merapi

from The Jakarta Post
Published on 15 Feb 2013 View Original

A volcanic mudflow along the Gendol River that originated on Mount Merapi swept away trucks and their cargoes of sand, killing one truck driver and injuring a worker late Tuesday afternoon in Manggong village, Sleman, Yogyakarta.

“The trucks were queuing to leave the river when the mudflow came,” Heru Saptono, the head of the Sleman Disaster Mitigation Agency’s disaster mitigation and prevention division, said on Wednesday.

The previous day’s continuous heavy downpours over Mt. Merapi, according to Heru, had triggered the mudflow as layers of volcanic ash from the volcano’s 2010 eruption still covered rivers originating on the slopes of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.