Death toll from Indonesia volcano hits 92
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia — A deadly surge of blistering gases cascaded down the slopes of Indonesia’s most volatile volcano yesterday, incinerating houses in one mountainside village and more than doubling the number of people killed in just over a week to 92.
Hospital spokesman Heru Nugroho said 48 bodies were brought in after the inferno. More than 66 others were injured, many of them critically.
Men with ash-covered faces streamed down Mount Merapi on motorcycles, followed by truckloads of women and crying children, following the massive eruption just before midnight.
Soldiers helped clear the bodies from the hard-hit village of Bronggang, located 9 miles from the crater, bringing them to the hospital morgue.
The volcano first erupted on Oct. 26.