Mount Semeru erupts again Photograph:( Twitter )
Rescuers moved to evacuate local residents after lava reached nearby villages and destroyed a bridge in Lumajang regency in East Java
Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupted again, spewing more ash and hampering rescue operations in the region. The first eruption took place on December 4, pushing local communities into darkness and forcing thousands to flee.
According to reports by Indonesia's national disaster, nearly 27 people are still missing.
President Joko Widodo ordered a rapid emergency response to find victims, said state secretary Pratikno. Both villagers and rescuers worked through the night to find people and dead bodies. However, the rescue efforts were hampered after the latest eruption.
Rescuers moved to evacuate local residents after lava reached nearby villages and destroyed a bridge in Lumajang regency in East Java.
"A number of areas went dark after being covered by volcanic ash," agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said.
Rescue worker Rizal Purnama said, "There was a small fresh eruption and it could endanger the evacuation teams."
She further highlighted how their task was made difficult. "It's very difficult... with simple tools. It is very likely bodies that have not been found are buried under the hot mudflow," she said.
Videos and images uploaded on social media show the devastation caused by the eruption.
VIDEO: Reported damage from eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Indonesia pic.twitter.com/vNm74uMWJX— Breaking News Alerts 🚨 (@NBLNewsLIVE) December 4, 2021
A volcano erupted in Indonesia and the footage is unrealpic.twitter.com/6MvoeXarrH— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) December 4, 2021
Bagana Lumajang is still at the location of the village jointly to look for victims who have not been evacuated due to the eruption of Mount #Semeru— Journalist Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) December 5, 2021
#prayforlumajang #Indonesia #indonesian #Indonesie #volcano #volcanoEruption #volcanoes pic.twitter.com/aK4NvvXdQp
Due to the bad air quality, locals have been advised not to travel within five kilometres of Semeru's crater as it affect vulnerable groups.
(With inputs from agencies)