Indonesia volcano eruption death toll rises to 34
Published: 02:36 PM, 7 December 2021 Updated: 03:24 PM, 7 December 2021
The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has left dozens dead and many more injured; Photo: Adek Berry/AFP
The death toll from the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano rose to 34 on Tuesday, AFP reported, citing the source of the national disaster agency as aid was rushed to the affected region.
17 people were still missing, and almost 3,700 were displaced by the disaster, the agency’s spokesman Abdul Muhari told AFP.
According to AFP, the mountain on the island of Java had thundered to life on Saturday, ejecting volcanic ash high into the sky and raining hot mud on villages as thousands of panicked people fled their homes.
The disaster swallowed entire homes and vehicles, blanketing villages such as Curah Kobokan in grey ash and leaving residents terrified of returning home.
“I’m traumatized, I asked my relatives if they were brave enough to go back to Curah Kobokan and they all said no, they’d rather sleep under a tree,” said Marzuki Suganda, a 30-year-old who works at a sand mine in the area.
“When the eruption happened, I really thought I was going to die here.”
Rescuers have been battling dangerous conditions since the deadly weekend eruption, searching for survivors and bodies in the volcanic debris, wrecked buildings and destroyed vehicles.
Search crews deployed dogs on Tuesday to aid the operation.
“The latest update from the ground... (is) 34 people died, 17 are missing,” the disaster agency spokesman Abdul Muhari told AFP.
Almost 3,700 have been evacuated from the affected area, he added.