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Last Updated: Wednesday October 27 2010 13:50 GMT

Volcanic eruptions cause devastation in Indonesia

Merapi volcano spews smoke, taken from Umbul Harjo village in Sleman, Yogyakarta

Indonesia has been hit by two natural disasters over the past few days - one of which was the devastating eruptions of this volcano - Mount Merapi.

A villager stands in front of Mount Merapi, near his motorcycle covered by ash at Kaliadem village in Sleman, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta

It started spewing volcanic ash and rocks for miles around on Tuesday night, covering everything in its path in a layer of white-ish ash.

A woman covers her baby as she runs from ash falling from an erupting volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta

Thousands of people were told to leave their homes as the ash rained down, but many refused to leave at first as they didn't want to abandon their homes and cattle.

Volcanic ash covers the interior of a house at a village badly hit by pyroclastic flows from Mount Merapi eruption in Kinahrejo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

So far, at least 25 people have died, but officials fear that number will rise.

Indonesian people displaced by the eruption of Mount Merapi queue for food in Sleman

About 10,000 people are now living in temporary shelters away from the danger.

A distance marker toward the cities of Yogyakarta and Kaliadem is covered by ash from the Mount Merapi eruption near Kaliadem village in Sleman, and the ancient city of Yogyakarta

A volcano exclusion zone has been set up, but some farmers are thought to be ignoring it to check on their livestock, making it hard for officials to keep track of everyone.