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In Indonesia on Thursday, a traditional market only 6 miles away from the Mount Merapi volcano reopens to residents. But businesses are still suffering from low supplies.
It looks like an ordinary market, but the activity is a welcome sign of returning normalcy in this part of Indonesia's Central Java Province.
The traditional market is open for business in a village just six miles from the Mount Merapi volcano, which was spewing ash for two weeks.
Located about six miles from the volcano's peak, many stall owners have shortened their operating time due to low supplies. Stall owners usually stay open for more than 20 hours.
Some are also resorting to selling their products at a discount so that they can go home early and start cleaning up their homes that have been blanketed with ash from Merapi.
The volcanic eruptions, which sent hot gas and ash clouds soaring into the air, have killed over 250 people and displaced nearly 400,000.
The eruption on Nov. 3 was the biggest eruption in a century as searing clouds swept through the closest villages and districts located up to 12 miles from Merapi's top. It left a trail of burned buildings and neighborhoods covered in grey ash.