After eruption, ‘the trees are all dying’

Jakarta Post: Thick volcanic ash spewed by Mount Merapi has killed trees and created a virtual dead zone inside 20-kilometer danger zone surrounding the volcano. In Ngepos in Magelang, Central Java, volcanic ash continued to cover fallen trees along the village’s roads. Ash has also weakened the branches of thousands of coconut and salak pondoh (snake fruit) trees in the region, causing their fruits to decompose. More than 1,400 hectares of snake fruit plantations have been destroyed, according to reports.......

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