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Published: Thursday June 2, 2011 MYT 8:55:00 PM

M'sian students in Indonesia put on toxic gas alert

JAKARTA: The Malaysian Students Department (MSD) here has put students in Central Java and Yogyakarta on alert after Dieng volcano spewed toxic gas.

Indonesia MSD director Datuk Dr Junaidy Abu Bakar said the closest Malaysian students to the area are in Magelang district.

"It is still safe. The volcano is 68km from Magelang, 79km from Secang, 108km from Yogyakarta and 136km from Solo.

"I have told 65 students to be on alert as MSD will provide transport to evacuate them from Pesantren Sirajul Mukhlasin, Secang, Magelang to Solo after danger warning is given," he said here Friday.

MSD had evacuated Malaysian students twice, to Solo and Jakarta, during the Mount Merapi eruption last year.

Indonesian authorities had since three days ago ordered evacuation of residents living 1km radius from Timbang crater after toxic gas was detected. - Bernama

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