27 May, 2006

Indonesia Quake: Death toll climbs to 2700

An earthquake that shook the area around the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday killed more than 2,700, a government official said.

"The total for now is 2,711 people killed. The number keeps climbing by the hour because evacuation is still in process," Desmawati, an official at the Social Affairs Ministry's disaster task force in Jakarta, told Reuters by telephone. She added that 1,700 people had suffered serious injuries while 872 were slightly hurt.

Yogyakarta is in the heartland of Indonesia's main island of Java and stands near Mount Merapi, a volcano that has been on top alert for a major eruption this month. A vulcanologist in Yogyakarta said the quake was not caused by the volcano, but Merapi's activity increased after the shock.

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