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Volcanic eruption kills 13 in Indonesia

Local people affected by the eruption of Semeru mount volcano are evacuated at Sumberwuluh village in Lumajang regency, East Java province, Indonesia, December 4, 2021. Photo: Reuters

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured following an eruption of Indonesia’s Semeru volcano.

Reuters reports that the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) gave the update on Sunday, as search teams looked for victims in a landscape covered in deep layers of ash.

Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java island, threw up towers of ash and hot clouds on Saturday that blanketed nearby villages in East Java province and sent people fleeing in panic.

The eruption severed a strategic bridge connecting two areas in the nearby district of Lumajang with the city of Malang and wrecked buildings, authorities said.

BNPB official Abdul Muhari said in a news release that 13 people had been killed. 98 were injured, including 2 pregnant women, and 902 have been evacuated, the statement said.