Digital Desk, Jakarta. The death toll from the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Indonesia’s East Java province has risen to 22, while the search for 30 missing people continues. This information was given by an official of the Disaster Management Agency.
Daniel Riza, an official at the Data and Information Center, the district’s disaster management and mitigation agency, told Xinhua news agency, “On Monday, search and rescue teams retrieved several bodies buried in the mud in Lumajang district, which could increase the number of missing people because of the explosion. There were sand mining activities on the rivers during the period.
“Reports that have come to us have revealed that 22 people have died and 30 people have lost contact,” he said. The number could be higher as there was some mining activity on the rivers just before the eruption.
The natural calamity has forced 1,700 people to leave their homes and take shelter in evacuation centers as hundreds of houses, a bridge and other infrastructure were destroyed in the December 4 blast, the official said. Eko Budi Lellono, head of the geological agency at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said there is a possibility of warm clouds spreading from the crater of the volcano. The country’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency warned on Sunday that there could be heavy rains in the coming days.
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