Use force to evacuate people, says President

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the use of force to evacuate people from disaster areas, citing many residents’ reluctance to leave Mount Merapi after the volcano erupted as the reason behind the high death toll.

Speaking at the opening of a plenary Cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss the series of disasters that recently hit Indonesia, Yudhoyono said the government had the right to forcibly evacuate people.