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Mudflow Threatens Indonesia's Candi Prambanan

Downpours on the peak of Mt Merapi will pile Opak River with ashes, sand and rocks.

Selasa, 11 Januari 2011, 13:07 Elin Yunita Kristanti
Hindu temple Candi Prambanan
Hindu temple Candi Prambanan (Antara/ Wahyu Putro A)

VIVAnews - World heritage site Candi Prambanan near Yogyakarta in Central Java is now facing threat from heavy rainfalls on Mt Merapi. Around 100 meters west of the majestic Hindu temple lies Opak River, whose bed may be streamed by Merapi volcanic mudflow. Moreover, Opak River also collides with Gendol River not far from the temple.

"Volcanic mudflow may hit Candi Prambanan," said Dewi Sri Sayudi, a staff at the Volcanology Technology Research and Development Agency of Yogyakarta, today, Jan 11.

Downpours on the peak of Mt Merapi will pile Opak River with ashes, sand and rocks.

"For the time being, Opak and Gendol rivers are piled with the materials from Mt Merapi. Huge rocks are everywhere," she said.

Another staff at the agency, Muzani, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name, said high rainfalls may intensify the future danger.

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Coverage by: Juna Sanbawa | DIY
Translated by: Bonardo Maulana W


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