The death toll by the Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi has now crossed 150. Reports from the region state that 153 people have been confirmed dead by the eruption of the volcano that has been spewing since three weeks now. Most of the residents at the base of the mountain have fled the region as the fear of future eruptions look eminent.
People are dying due to being burnt or charred by the hot ash that has been showering over the nearby region of the mountain. The hot ash which falls from the clouds created by the volcano are at least 500-600 degrees hot. The government is trying its best to evacuate all the people who are staying in the surrounding region, for the fear that the death may still rise further.
During a recent eruption, the hot gases from the volcano engulfed the surrounding villages, as a result of which many people are said to have died. The nearby local hospital states that 12 more bodies have reached the morgue, but several more may still be lying in the villages. Five people who were being treated for burns have died during their treatment.