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Indonesian volcanic eruption death toll rises to 45

2021 Dec 11, 14:09, Jakarta
Mount Merapi volcano erupts as seen from Cangkringan district in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia March 3, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Rizky Tulus/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT.

The death toll from the eruption of Indonesia's Semeru volcano has risen to 45 after rescuers recovered two more victims in Kampung Renteng hamlet of Lumajang district in East Java province, an official said Friday.

Meanwhile, nine people were still reported missing, 19 were seriously injured and 19 others had minor injuries, head of the post for emergency response to impacts of Semeru's volcanic hot clouds, Irwan Subekti, told a virtual press conference.

According to data from the task force for disaster emergency response to impacts of Semeru's hot clouds, there are 6,573 refugees, 2,970 affected houses, and 33 damaged public facilities, including a bridge that connects the districts of Lumajang and Malang.

The worst-hit areas included sub-districts of Pronojiwo and Candipuro in Lumajang district, Subekti said, adding that there had been 126 evacuation posts.

He pointed out that three search and rescue teams had been deployed to the locations of the calamity, including the hardest-hit hamlets of Curah Kobokan and Kampung Renteng.

Semeru, which is one of the 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia, is currently at its second-level status. The 3,676-meter-high volcano erupted on Saturday afternoon.


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