Indonesia volcano eruption Update: 27 people missing


Posted on 06 December 2021


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On Monday, rescuers scooped out the body of a 13-year-old boy with their own hands as improving weather conditions allowed them to begin their search after Indonesia's biggest volcano erupted with ferocity, killing at least 15 people and leaving 27 more missing with scorching gas and ash. In a rapid eruption Saturday spurred by heavy rain, Mount Semeru in East Java province spewed thick columns of ash as high as 12,000 metres (40,000 feet) into the sky. Tons of volcanic debris buried villages and towns in the area. The suffocating gas rushed down the mountain's flanks, suffocating entire communities and murdering or severely burning those caught in its path. Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 56 individuals had been hospitalised, the most of them with burns. He stated that rescuers were still looking for 27 villagers who had gone missing. According to Mr. Muhari, about 3,000 homes and 38 schools were damaged.


Key Points


  • On Monday, rescuers scooped out the body of a 13-year-old boy with their own hands as improving weather conditions allowed them to begin their search after Indonesia's biggest volcano erupted with ferocity, killing at least 15 people and leaving 27 more missing with scorching gas and ash. 

  • According to Mr. Muhari, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, about 3,000 homes and 38 schools were damaged