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Temporary Camps Struggle To Deal With Thousands Fleeing Indonesian Volcano (+Photos)

Indonesian evacuees stay in temporary shelters, as Sinabung continues to spew out columns of ash. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images) 2014-01-08 09:29 AM EST
Indonesia's Sinabung volcano continued to spew clouds of hot gas on Wednesday (January 8).

The frequent eruptions have triggered a wave of evacuees with tens of thousands displaced from their homes.

The clouds of hot gas have travelled as far as 4.5 kilometers from the crater and are approaching residential areas, according to recent data from the Centre for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).

More than 22,000 people have fled their homes and are being housed in 33 temporary shelters, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

Daud Bangun and his family are among around 1,000 villagers living in a hall provided by the local government.

Bangun said the temporary shelter was struggling to provide for peoples' needs.

"We need more clean water. Actually we want some more goods for our daily needs as we have been in this shelter for too long," he said.

People from about 25 villages that surround the volcano have been evacuated to the shelters.

Many are reliant on soup kitchens for food.

"We hope that the government and benefactors continue to take notice so we don't lack food supplies," said evacuee Misni Nurhayati at the soup kitchen which is attached to one of the temporary shelters.

The 2,460 meter-high volcano in north Sumatra province has been active since 2010 after lying dormant for four centuries. It began erupting periodically in September last year.

Thousands of hectares of farming land have been affected by the eruption, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

Sinabung is one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the country, which straddles the "Pacific Ring of Fire".

The most deadly eruption in recent years was of mount Merapi in 2010 near the densely populated city of Yogyakarta in central Java. More than 350 people were killed.

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