Volunteers Organize Activities for Children at Mount Merapi

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On to Indonesia, where tens of thousands of people are cramped into temporary shelters away from the danger of Mount Merapi. It's a transition that's especially hard for kids. But teachers and volunteers are doing what they can to make the situation a little more bearable for the children.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi continues to spew thick clouds of ash on Tuesday. Teachers and volunteers in temporary shelters have their hands full entertaining evacuated kids.

At one shelter, teachers and volunteers tell stories to the children and organize drawing activities to keep the kids occupied.

[Mastiti, Teacher]:
"Clearly they are sad, but we must do something to motivate them, to make them happy."

At least 265,000 people are living in shelters outside the 12 mile danger zone around the volcano.

Tens of thousands of evacuees are getting increasingly restless in the cramped and overflowing shelters, many of which lack proper sanitation facilities.

Mount Merapi began spewing lava, superheated gas and deadly ash clouds two weeks ago. It has killed over 130 people so far, and forced the evacuation of nearly 300,000.

Indonesian authorities have maintained the alert at its highest level and are closely monitoring the situation.

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