JAKARTA, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 2,000 villagers fled the Mount Merapi in Indonesia's Central Java province Thursday as authorities warned of possible eruption in the near future.
The villagers looked for temporary shelters in safer place and left their homes in two villages on the slope of the volcano in Klaten regency, reported the Detikcom news website.
Local authorities put the number of refugees at 1,972 from Sidorejo and Tegalmulyo villages.
But thousands more villagers refused to leave their homes worrying that their properties, including cattle, will be stolen.
The volcano, located some 600 km east of Jakarta, spewed dusts earlier in the day, which volcanologists believed was another signof eruption.
It last erupted in 1994, sending lava and hot clouds that killed some 70 people.
Its known worst eruption came in 1930 in which 1,300 people were killed. Enditem