34 killed as lava floods hit Indonesia’s West Sumatra

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34 killed as lava floods hit Indonesia's West Sumatra

The death toll from lava floods that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province on Saturday rose to 34, with at least five others missing, a senior official of the local disaster agency said on Sunday, reported Xinhua.

The rains poured down the area at the slope of the Marapi volcano on Saturday evening, triggering cold lava floods that hit the regencies of Tanah Datar and Agam, Fajar Sukma, head of the emergency unit of the provincial disaster management and mitigation agency, told Xinhua via phone.

"Now the number of casualties is 34. The figure may rise as a search and rescue mission is underway. At least five people are still missing now," Sukma said.

In addition, 16 injured residents had been treated at nearby hospitals in the regencies, said Muharrindo Idwan, a senior press officer at the provincial disaster management and mitigation agency.

"As for the missing, we have set up at least two information centers in the regions. The number of missing people may change as reports keep coming in," he told Xinhua.

"The lava floods occurred at night when the residents were sleeping. Many buildings have been submerged," he added.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

  1. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s devastating to hear about the tragic lava floods in Indonesia’s West Sumatra. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. It’s crucial to support ongoing search and rescue efforts to bring back those who are still missing.

  2. EmilySmith says

    Is there any information on the possible causes of the cold lava floods near Marapi volcano? It’s tragic to hear about the casualties and missing individuals.

    1. SamuelJohnson says

      Yes, the cold lava floods near Marapi volcano were triggered by heavy rains that poured down the area on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, the tragedy has resulted in 34 casualties and at least five individuals are still missing. It’s a devastating situation for the residents of Tanah Datar and Agam.

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