Terrifying scenes showed a mass escape of Indonesians after a sudden eruption of the Mount Semeru volcano on the island of Java, and ash covered some villages and resulted in several deaths.
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To this, the death toll from the eruption of the volcano has risen to 13, the disaster management agency announced on Sunday, while rescuers continue to search in the area.
“The death toll is now 13. Rescuers have found more bodies,” agency spokesman Abdel-Mahari told AFP, referring to the rescue of 10 people who were trapped on Saturday by the eruption of the volcano.
He also explained that Lumagang had become isolated because of the lava that destroyed a bridge.
A video released by the authorities showed residents in a large number of villages, including children, running for shelter when the volcano erupted at 3 am on Saturday (8:00 am GMT).
It is noteworthy that the Indonesian Semeru volcano in East Java erupted on Saturday, leaving, in addition to the dead, dozens of people injured and suffering burns, while thousands fled their homes.
More than 300 families have been displaced
Lava in the village of Kura Kerobokan also destroyed the homes of more than 300 families.
The last eruption of Semeru volcano dates back to December 2020. At that time, thousands of people fled, while entire villages were covered with ash.
It is noteworthy that Indonesia is located on the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, where the confluence of continental plates causes significant seismic activity.
There are approximately 130 active volcanoes in this Southeast Asian archipelago.
At the end of 2018, a volcanic eruption between the islands of Java and Sumatra caused an underwater landslide and a tsunami that killed nearly 400 people.