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1 killed, 40 injured following Semeru volcanic eruption in Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
Semeru volcano in Indonesia's East Java province erupted on Saturday, leaving one killed, two missing and 40 others injured, a local official told a joint virtual press conference.

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The disaster also damaged scores of houses in the district and hot lava hampered rescuers from evacuating eight trapped miners who asked authorities by mobile phones for help, said the Lumajang District's Deputy Head Indah Amperawati Masdar.

"All the houses in Curah Kobokan village were destroyed. For the eight trapped miners, the help could not be conducted due to the hot lava," she said.

Some of the people suffered serious injuries and have been rushed to nearby hospitals, she said.

The official asked the disaster management and mitigation agency to deploy a helicopter to assist and evacuate the disaster affected villagers.

The eruption has damaged a bridge and scores of houses, said the Lumajang District Head, Thoriqul Hag, and an evacuee in interviews with the TVOne.

"One bridge collapsed. There is one subdistrict where villagers have to be evacuated. The evacuation of the people is under way now," the district head said, adding that the evacuation could be hampered due to the damaged transport facility.

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