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Learning English - Words in the News
 
15 May, 2006 - Published 12:13 GMT
 
Java volcano activity increases
 
Mount Merapi, Java, Indonesia

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Java is continuing to spew hot clouds of smoke, ash and lava into the air. A mass evacuation was ordered two days ago and is still under way. Many villagers have been reluctant to leave their farmland but there is now growing pressure for everyone to move into emergency shelters. This report from Rachel Harvey:

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Thousands of people living in villages closest to the volcano have already been moved to emergency shelters. Many more are lining up by the side of the road waiting for trucks to take them to safety.

But still there are a few farmers refusing to move. Without their crops and animals they have no income and cannot support their families so they're waiting until the government offers financial help.

Meanwhile, the mountain above them is becoming more active by the day. At least one village about three kilometres from the crater has been covered in a dusting of volcanic ash. One scientist told the BBC he now believed Merapi was in what he called the early stages of an eruption but he added 'we cannot predict when it will reach its peak'.

Rachel Harvey, BBC News, Jakarta

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moved
evacuated, taken from one place to another

shelters
places of refuge (e.g. provided for the homeless)

lining up
waiting

trucks
heavy vehicles carrying goods, lorries

refusing
not agreeing

crops
the produce of cultivated plants (e.g. corn, wheat, rice, etc.)

income
the money received from one's business, work or investments

support
provide money for

dusting
a layer of finely powdered earth and dirt

the early stages of an eruption
beginning to explode

 
 
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