A concrete effort to halt mud flow

From Times Wire Reports

Indonesian authorities will drop hundreds of large concrete balls into a fissure today to try to stem a mud eruption that has inundated villages and factories, said Rudi Novrianto, a spokesman for a national task force handling the disaster.

The hot, noxious mud has flowed from the hole for nine months, forcing at least 11,000 people from their homes. Four villages and 25 factories have been buried under a 30-foot layer of mud on Java island.