Jakarta: The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption triggered by heavy rains on Saturday. At least one villager died from burns and dozens were hospitalised. Mount Semeru’s eruption in Lumajang district in East Java province left several villages blanketed with falling ash.
A thunderstorm and days of rain, which had eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop the 3,676-metre (12,060-foot) Semeru, triggered an eruption, said Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey centre. He said flows of searing gas and lava travelled up to 800 metres (2,624 feet) to a nearby river at least twice on Saturday.
One person died and 41 suffered burn injuries as a result of the eruption of Mount Semeru in Indonesia, the Channel News Asia broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing the deputy head of the Lumajang district.
“Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness,” said Lumajang district head Thoriqul Haq. Several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or left for other safe areas, he said, adding that power blackout hampered the evacuation.
Meanwhile, the authorities are evacuating the residents of the districts close to the volcano, However, their efforts are hampered by thick smoke as well as damaged roads.
With Inputs From ANI, PTI.