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The Salvos assisted more than 100 children after the Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia

Care: Salvos workers offered medical care to children.

In 2010, the eruptions of Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi led to the deaths of at least 138 people, with a further 200,000 others evacuated from their homes.

Within days of the first eruption, a Salvation Army team left Semarang's William Booth Hospital to provide the volcano's victims necessary items and tools, including recovery tents, medical supplies and other resources.

Further eruptions in the island of Java in November meant that the Salvos needed to relocate their premise further away from the volcano (their base was located eight km away).

Along with locals and other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers, the Salvos established a base at Tlogoadi Village Elementary School ' 36 kilometers away from the volcano ' where the team assisted nearly 700 people, including 140 children

A Salvation Army writer commented that the circumstances were extremely difficult. 

'Life in the makeshift shelter is hard and there is a lack of nutritious food, clean water for bathing and drinking water, as well as a shortage of toilets (10 for 692 people). Displaced people are sleeping on thin mats on the hard floor,' the writer said.

'The Salvation Army is providing medical care, nutrition such as noodles, sardines and eggs, milk for adults, children and babies and a local porridge high in nutrients. Local women from Tlogoadi are assisting with the cooking.'