Indonesia's military deploys almost 6,000 personnel to volcano eruption area

16:31, November 13, 2010      

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Indonesia's military has been deploying 5,991 personnel to help people in the volcano eruption area of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces since Nov. 5, online news reported on Saturday.

They are tasked to comb the disaster area and to guarantee logistic availability in emergency barracks.

Commander of Indonesia's National Military for Mount Merapi Mitigation Brig. Gen. Syahiding said that the personnel are from army, navy and air force.

"Initially, the task was handled by the Military Territory Commandos of Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces. However, as the impact gets bigger, we set a mitigation task force that is supported by all military elements," said Syahiding.

According to him, the personnel were deployed in the emergency barracks in both provinces. They patrol every day at the disaster prone areas to search for residents who have not yet took refuge. They also evacuated bodies, cattle and wealth left in the areas.

The eruption has claimed at least 195 lives so far and has forced about 35,000 people to take refuge.

Source: Xinhua


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