Appeal for international help to preserve Borobudur

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You may remember last year’s eruption of Mt Merapi caused a layer of corrosive ash to coat Borobudur. Conservation specialists working in Indonesia are now appealing for public funds to help with the cost of cleaning up the ash in the wake of the disaster. Readers interested in making a financial donation to help the preservation of Borobudur can make a donation on the official site here.

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Experts Racing Against Time To Preserve Borobudur Badly Damaged By Volcanic Eruption
Bernama, 06 April 2011

Emergency Intervention for the Safeguarding of the Borobudur World Heritage Site
Unesco Jakarta
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Geologists, archaeologists monitoring mudflow near Prambanan temples

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Archaeologists and geologists are still concerned with the threat of volcanic mudflow from Mt Merapi, combined with the rainy season damaging the temples of Prambanan. The mudflow has already destroyed several houses and structures and its path is projected to be close to, or near several ancient temples.

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Yogyakarta’s Temples in the Firing Line of Lahar Floods
Jakarta Globe, 18 January 2011

Volcanic mud threatens Prambanan Temple
Jakarta Post, 17 January 2011
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Prambanan threatened by mudflow from recent rains

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Recent heavy rains experienced in central Java may cause ash and rock to collect in the Opak River, which runs very near the Prambanan temples. Volcanic mudflow has already caused serious damage to buildings in localities around central Java, in some cases realigning the path of rivers and forcing mass evacuations.
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Mudflow Threatens Indonesia’s Candi Prambanan
Viva News, 11 January 2011
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