11 hikers dead after volcano eruption in Indonesia


At least 11 hikers have died after a volcano erupted in western Indonesia, a local rescue official told AFP on Monday.

Mount Merapi on the island of Sumatra – with a peak of 2,891 meters (9,484 feet) – erupted on Sunday and sent hot ash up to 3,000 meters into the air.

“There are 26 people who did not get away in time, we found 14 of them, three were found alive and 11 were found dead,” said Abdul Malik, head of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency, a day after the eruption. said.

He states that as of Saturday there were a total of 75 hikers on the mountain for whom rescue workers tried to account.

“A total of 12 people are still missing and 49 escaped alive, some had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment.”

Rescue teams worked through the night to bring climbers to safety, West Sumatra’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency said.

Rudy Rinaldi, head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency, told AFP some of the hikers who could be rescued were receiving medical treatment.

“Some suffered burns because it was very hot, and they were taken to the hospital,” he said.

“Those who were injured were those who got closer to the crater.”

Merapi is on the second warning level of Indonesia’s four-step system and authorities have set up a three kilometer long demarcation around its crater.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean where frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

This Southeast Asian country has nearly 130 active volcanoes.