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Volcano death toll rises to 240

world Updated: Nov 13, 2010 09:47 IST

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Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano has killed 240 people since it began erupting late last month, with more than 390,000 people in makeshift camps, an official said on Saturday.

"The Merapi death toll has reached 240 people. And about 390,000 people have fled their homes," a disaster management official said, updating the previous official toll of 206.

The official, who declined to be named, said the toll had risen after rescuers recovered more bodies in the central Java area where the volcano is located.