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In pictures: Mount Merapi alert

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi, which has been smouldering for three weeks, is threatening to erupt on the Indonesian island of Java.

Mount Merapi

The volcano has been spewing gases, ash and lava, prompting officials to raise the threat status to the highest level.

Evacuees on a truck near Mount Merapi

The evacuation of thousands of people living on the slopes has been ordered.

Refugees who fled their homes near Mount Merapi

Thousands of people, mainly the elderly and mothers with young children, had already been voluntarily moved to temporary shelters.

A mother and her boy sit at a refugee camp

But many villagers are reluctant to leave their homes and livestock.

Children look at their mothers bringing back relief goods from the red cross in Sleman Yogyakarta

The Red Cross is providing emergency food and health kits for those who fled their homes.

Mount Merapi, towering over a refugee camp

Mount Merapi - about 30km (18 miles) from the town of Yogyakarta - had its last major eruption in 1994, when 36 people were killed.

An unidentified man looks at cold lava from Mount Merapi

The 2,914m (9,560-foot) volcano is one of Indonesia's most active, producing major eruptions roughly once a decade.





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