Toll from volatile Merapi rises to 240

The death toll in a series of eruptions from an Indonesian volcano has hit 240.

The figure has continued to rise since a massive blast on Nov. 5 - the largest in a century - as rescuers have pulled more bodies from smoldering villages, people have died from their wounds and officials have counted deaths indirectly caused by the volcano.

The National Disaster Management Agency reported Saturday on its website that the toll had risen from 206 to 240.

Dewanto, an official with the agency's office, says at least eight more bodies were pulled from the rubble Friday. The rest died at hospitals.[tjp]

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