Mount Galunggung.......a 2168-metre volcano in the central highlands of western Java.
GV Smoke billowing from volcano
GV Aftermath of eruption; levelled trees and other damage (5 shots)
GV Damaged houses (2 shots)
GV Trees lying on ground
SV TILT UP Destroyed house
GV People outside homes in village (2 shots)
GV People in tent-homes, with laundry outside (2 shots)
GV Smoke billowing from volcano crater
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Background: Mount Galunggung.......a 2168-metre volcano in the central highlands of western Java. For centuries it has steamed and spluttered above some of Indonesia's richest villages, ignored by the peasants tilling the fertile soil below or working the fishfarms for golden carp. Then in May this year, it erupted for the first time in memory, deluging the surrounding farmland with lava, flattening trees, destroying villages and silting up the fishponds. An estimated 25 people died thousands more were made homeless. The economic effect was catastrophic. Thousands of acres in the once-thriving region were ruined. There was little the government could do except provide relief homes for the refugees and distribute aid like the 70 million rupees (100 thousand dollars) donated by the Australian government. In the ling run, the disaster provides further arguments fort he Indonesian government's policy of transmigration -- uprooting communities from overcrowded Java and moving them to sparsely populated Sumatra. In short term, new fields can be ploughed, but how long they will survive the threat of Mount Galunggung is a matter for speculation.