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at least 13 killed by a volcano eruption



The volcano left at least 11 villages in the Lumajang district covered in ash, submerged houses, killed livestock and forced 900 people from their homes.


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The volcano left at least 11 villages in the Lumajang district covered in ash, submerged houses, killed livestock and forced 900 people from their homes.

The death toll from the eruption of the Semeru volcano in Indonesia rose to 13 people, reported this Sunday the Disaster Management Agency, while First responders scour ash-covered villages for survivors.

The volcano eruption It took locals by surprise on Saturday, causing thousands of people to flee, with hundreds housed in makeshift shelters.

The volcano left at least Eleven villages in the Lumajang district covered in volcanic ash, submerged houses, killed livestock and forced 900 people to take shelter in mosques, schools and other public buildings.

“The death toll now stands at 13 people. Rescuers found more bodies,” natural disaster management agency (BNPB) spokesman Abdul Muhari told AFP news agency. Two of the victims were identified.

In addition, 10 people were rescued in the Lumajang area of ​​East Java province, Muhari added. The BNPB indicated that at least 57 people were injured in the eruption, 41 of them for burns.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a swift emergency response to find the victims and treat the injured.

Images from the moment of the eruption show a gigantic cloud of smoke on the volcano that looms towards a nearby town whose inhabitants flee desperately.

The lava destroyed at least one bridge in Lumajang, thus there are areas where rescue teams cannot reach.

The emergency services of an affected municipality published a video with the roofs of the houses sticking out of a layer of mud that destroyed them.

This Sunday, evacuations were temporarily suspended due to ash clouds, according to the Indonesian channel Metro TV.

There is also a risk that the heavy rains will cause the ash sediments to form a new river of hot lava, warned the popular Indonesian volcanologist Surono in that chain.

Most of theThe victims died right after the eruption, struck by lava in their villages, Lumajang law enforcement agency spokesman Adi Hendro explained.

In late 2018, a volcano eruption in the strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra caused an underwater landslide and tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

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