Evacuees from Mount Merapi volcano
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Thousands evacuate Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi area

26 October 2010 Last updated at 18:27 BST

Indonesia's most volatile volcano is erupting forcing thousands of people living on the volcano's slopes to evacuate.

Officials say Mount Merapi, in central Java, began erupting just before dusk on Tuesday, spewing plumes of hot ash and hurling rocks into the air.

The BBC's Karishma Vaswani says that the evacuation is proving to be "an extremely difficult procedure".