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Bitter harvest: Indonesia volcano damages crops, forces thousands to flee

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews pyroclastic smoke in Medan, Sumatra, on Nov. 14, 2013.
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews pyroclastic smoke in Medan, Sumatra, on Nov. 14, 2013.Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images
A farmer examines his tomato crop.
A farmer examines his tomato crop.Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images

Indonesian farmers continued to harvest their crops Thursday even as a volcano erupted less than two and a half miles away, coating their fields in ash. 

Up to 4,300 residents have been evacuated from five villages in North Sumatra due to the eruptions of Mount Sinabung, according to Getty Images. The volcano has been spewing ash and lava 2.5 miles into the sky.

The Jakarta Globe reported that tens of thousands of hectares of farmland had been affected, with losses to farmers expected to amount to millions of dollars.

Tomatoes covered in ash from Mount Sinabung.
Tomatoes covered in ash from Mount Sinabung.Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images
Villagers harvest potatoes in a field less than four kilometers from Mount Sinabung.
Villagers harvest potatoes in a field less than four kilometers from Mount Sinabung.Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images

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