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Indonesia struggles to recover months after Merapi volcano eruption

Getty Images photographer Ulet Ifansasti took some amazing photos this week at the site where 353 people were killed when the active volcano, Mount Merapi erupted on October 25, 2010. Authorities ordered the evacuation of over 350,000 people in the affected area, though many were reluctant to leave and often returned to their homes as eruptions and pryroclastic flows continued. On December 3, the official alert status was reduced from level four to level three, cautionary level, as the threat of hot ash clouds and projected material remained. See more photos from this devastating eruption. 

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Warjo Utomo (50), cleans up his car that was burnt by the eruption of Mount Merapi on December 17, 2010 in Kali Tengah Lor village, Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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A view of destroyed house after the eruption Mount Merapi.

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Suprihatin sits with her son in front of their home destroyed by the eruption of Mount Merapi on December 17, 2010 in Kali Tengah Lor village, Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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A view of Mount Merapi from a destroyed house on December 16, 2010.

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Bowls and cups covered by ash are seen in a home destroyed by the eruption of Mount Merapi.