Semeru Volcano Erupts, 1 Dead and 41 Injured

The Semeru volcano on Indonesia’s Java Island has erupted, killing 1 person and leaving 41 injured.

Various footage from the area has shown thick ash clouds rising from the volcano and later blotting out the sky. 

Deputy chief of Lumajang district, Indah Masdar, confirmed that one person had died because of the eruption and 41 people had suffered burn injuries.

Masdar added that two sand miners went missing, and eight more were trapped by the ash flows. 

“We couldn’t get in touch with them anymore because the phone couldn’t be reached. This afternoon they sent a video asking for help, but the officers could not evacuate because lahar had reached their location. So we are waiting for it to subside. Hopefully, they are safe,” said Masdar. 

National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Maj. Gen. Suharyanto said that thousands of Malang District and Lumajang District residents were forced to evacuate and are in need of supplies. 

Suharyanto said they had already asked the Indonesian Military (TNI) for help and that they are already on their way to the site. 

Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) head Eko Budi Lelono said that the eruption might have been triggered by heavy rainfall. 

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