Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia | January 3, 2014

The number of displaced persons has increased to more than 20,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September. 11 deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.

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North Sumatra, Indonesia | November 21, 2013

Mount Sinabung has had two large eruptions this week including one which saw volcanic ash spewing to a record height of 10km. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes until the eruptions settle. Families have taken shelter, some of which are said to have been there since eruptions began in September.

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1. A woman wears a mask while work at a coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan village, located just less than three kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

2. A puppy is seen at an abandoned village in Mardinding village, located just less than three kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

3. Villagers gather at a coffee house in Guru Kinayan village, located just less than three kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

4. Children play at their school in Kuta Rakyat village, located just less than five kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

5. A view of an abandoned village in Mardinding village.

6. A dog shelters at an abandoned village in Mardinding village, located just less than three kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

7. A pan covered by ash hangs in an abandoned house in Mardinding village.

8. Alif, one year-old sleeps at a temporary evacuation centre in Tiga Nderket village.

9. A man stands in front of his house at an abandoned village in Mardinding village.

10. An ash covered man works at coffee plantation in Guru Kinayan village, located just less than three kilometers from Mount Sinabung.

Mount Sinabung Erupts Again in Indonesia

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1. Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district on November 14, 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

2. Children stand beside a house as painting of mount Sinabung erupts is seen on a truck in Suka Nalu village on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

3. A puppy is seen at an abandoned village in Mardinding village, located just less than three kilometers from mount Sinabung on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

4. Villagers gather at a coffee house in Suka Nalu village on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

5. A woman carries her daughter as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke seen from Tigapancur village in Karo district on November 14, 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

6. A farmer show tomatoes covered in ash at his field after Mount Sinabung errupted spewing volcanic materials in Karo district on November 14, 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.

7. A woman sits outside a church set up as a temporary evacuation center on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

8. Puppies are seen at an abandoned village in Mardinding village on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

9. A man smokes at a temporary evacuation centre on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

10. Refugees sleep inside a church set up as a temporary evacuation center on November 15, 2013 in Karo district, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Members of the Reog Ria Kelana Muda group prepare for their performance on August 13, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Reog is a traditional Indonesian dance which originated on Java Island and performed as part of the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations which mark the end of Ramadan. The dancers have reported becoming possessed by magical powers and supernatural spirits during the performance.
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Members of the Reog Ria Kelana Muda group prepare for their performance on August 13, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Reog is a traditional Indonesian dance which originated on Java Island and performed as part of the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations which mark the end of Ramadan. The dancers have reported becoming possessed by magical powers and supernatural spirits during the performance.

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Waginah, 85, a female porter, has her basket of vegetables loaded onto her back at Beringharjo traditional market on May 1, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. These female porters earn their living carrying fruit, vegetables and dry goods among other items, in baskets strapped to their backs starting work in the early hours and finishing late in the day. It is reported that on a busy day at the market, the average porter will earn an income of Rp 35.000 or $3.70 per day.
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Waginah, 85, a female porter, has her basket of vegetables loaded onto her back at Beringharjo traditional market on May 1, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. These female porters earn their living carrying fruit, vegetables and dry goods among other items, in baskets strapped to their backs starting work in the early hours and finishing late in the day. It is reported that on a busy day at the market, the average porter will earn an income of Rp 35.000 or $3.70 per day.

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Buddhist monks pray before receiving alms from Buddhist religious members of the public ahead of Vesak Day, on May 3, 2012 in Magelang, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the Borobudur temple annually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism’s founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing.
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Buddhist monks pray before receiving alms from Buddhist religious members of the public ahead of Vesak Day, on May 3, 2012 in Magelang, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the Borobudur temple annually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centres around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism’s founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing.

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