Saturday 1 October 2016

More bodies found after Indonesia volcano eruption

Published 22/05/2016 | 06:06

A tree is set alight after being hit by pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Mount Sinabung (AP)
A tree is set alight after being hit by pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Mount Sinabung (AP)

Rescuers have found more bodies after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia, raising the death toll to six.

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Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as two miles into the sky on Saturday.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said ash tumbled down the slopes as far as three miles westwards into a river.

The mountain had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, killing two people. An eruption in 2014 killed 16 people.

All the victims of Saturday's eruption were working on their farms in the village of Gamber, about 2.5 miles away from the slope, or within the danger area. Video images showed dead farm animals covered in dust.

Mr Nugroho said soldiers, police, and rescuers from disaster-combating agencies, as well as volunteers and villagers, were searching for more possible victims.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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