Jakarta Flights Resume after Volcano


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And to Indonesia where flights to Jakarta have resumed on Monday. But Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano continues to stop flights to Yogyakarta.

Flights to and from the Indonesian capital were resuming on Monday after the Mount Merapi volcano spewed a massive cloud of ash and gas at the weekend.

Many international flights were cancelled despite Indonesia's assurances that conditions were safe.

The resumption of international services could well put back on track U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to the country where he spent several years as a child.

At Yogyakarta's international airport in the shadow of the volcano it's a different story.

The airport remained closed on Monday because of fears of further eruptions.

Government experts monitoring the volcano say it's less active but still very dangerous.

[Sukhyar, Head of Ministry of Energy and Mining]:
"The volcano's activity is declining but the alert status is still at its highest level. The volcano's activity fluctuates every day. This morning's is lower than yesterday's."

The widening of the danger zone around Merapi from 9 to 12 miles has seen more refugees on the move to shelters further away.

The refugees are struggling to cope with the long days of boredom and no indication when they will end.

Hot ash and toxic clouds rolling down the slopes have made their villages uninhabitable or destroyed them completely.

But anywhere is safer than home.

The volcano's claimed more than 120 lives since it began erupting two weeks ago.

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