An Indonesian volcano came to life on Monday (6), spewing clouds of hot ash, two days after a violent eruption killed at least 22 people and left dozens missing.
Mount Semeru, the highest mountain on the island of Java, erupted on Saturday, causing a plume of ash to cover nearby villages.
Aerial footage shows surfaces emerging from a land of ash, while on the ground the army, police and residents mixed mud with their hands to remove the wounded.
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the death toll had risen to 22 on Monday, with 27 missing.
The volcano erupted again on Monday, the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Center of Volcanology and Geology confirmed on its Twitter account, warning of continued seismic activity.
“Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia… it will remain active,” Liswanto, head of the Semeru Volcano Observatory, told Reuters.
Some villagers went home to check on their belongings and livestock, but Lesuanto urged people to keep a safe distance.
“People need to be more vigilant because the potential danger remains,” he added.
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