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Indonesia : Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi guardian’s death confirmed

Ki Surakso Hargo (Mbah Maridjan)

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October 27, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA POST) — Presidential special staff for disaster mitigation Andi Arief confirmed Wednesday the death of Mount Merapi guardian Ki Surakso Hargo or Mbah Maridjan.

Andi said that as of 10:15 a.m., the Tuesday’s eruption had claimed 26 casualties and injured 13 people. Mbah Maridjan was among 19 casualties that had been identified.

Mbah Maridjan was found dead at his house in Umbulharjo village, Cangkringan of Sleman, on Wednesday morning, in form of sujud (kneeling with a face down on the floor during praying) and covered with collapsing walls and trees.

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