(SOURCE) AT LEAST 14 people have been killed after a volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra spewed lava and hot gas, an aid worker says.
“It is likely we’ll find more victims,” Benny Kaban, a local Protestant minister and aid worker, said by telephone.
Those caught up in the latest eruption include three men who were being treated in intensive care for burn injuries after being engulfed in scorching clouds from Mount Sinabung.
The volcano in North Sumatra’s Karo district has been erupting since September, displacing more than 30,000 people.
Saturday’s eruption came a day after the National Disaster Management Agency said residents living farther than five kilometres from the peak were being allowed to return to their homes after a lull in activity.
The latest event sent hot rocks and ash up to 2,000 metres into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust, said volcanologist Kristianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
A man and his son were caught by the clouds when they went to Sukameriah village, 2.7 kilometres south of Sinabung crater to pay respect at the graves of their relatives.
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