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Photo: The death toll rises to 34 after the volcanic eruption in Indonesia

Officials announced on Tuesday that the death toll from a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Java over the weekend rose to 34 as rescuers tried to unearth survivors buried under volcanic ash.

Abdul Muhari of Indonesia’s National Council for Disaster Management, known by its acronym BNPB, said 17 people were still missing after Mount Semeru in East Java sent volcanic ash that flew 40,000 feet into the air and spilled on Saturday. through the surrounding villages and towns, burying residents, buildings and vehicles.

Video footage widely shared on social media shows villagers trying to escape the billowing clouds that have plunged neighborhoods into darkness. More than 50 people received burns and other injuries, 35 of them were in serious condition. According to the BNPB, the eruption destroyed thousands of houses and damaged dozens of schools.

The agency said about 5,205 people were affected by the eruption, of whom 3,697 were forced to flee their homes and are now living in temporary shelters in 19 locations in the Pronodjivo, Kandipuro and Pasirian subareas.

President Joko Widodo told reporters that at least 2,000 homes would have to be “relocated.”

“We will immediately decide where to move and start building right away,” he said.

Indonesia, an archipelago with a population of over 270 million, is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a series of fault lines, and is frequently subject to earthquakes and volcanic activity. Mount Semeru is one of the country’s most active volcanoes and the tallest mountain in Java, at over 12,000 feet. The last eruption of Mount Semeru took place in January.

Here are some scenes from the aftermath of the Saturday eruption:

On Tuesday, a woman took things from her destroyed home in the village of Kura-Koboan. in Lumajang, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old woman named Hermina was helped on Tuesday to evacuate her cows in the village of Kura-Koboan.

A man carried a child as people walked through volcanic ash with their belongings in the village of Sumber Wolu in Lumajang on Sunday.

The invaders fled, but some of their clothes, covered in ash, were left hanging in the village of Sumber Woolu on Monday.

Rescue teams evacuate a woman in the village of Sumber Woolu on Sunday.

Search for survivors in the village of Sumber Woolu on Monday.

On Sunday, traces of ash erupted by a volcano were found on kitchen utensils in Lumajang.

Mattress and goats: Villagers leave their homes in the village of Sumber Wulu on Monday.

A man digs up a buried truck in the Lumajang area of ​​East Java, a day after Mount Semeru erupted.

A crowd crossing the scarred countryside left the village of Sumber Wulu in Lumajang, Indonesia on Sunday.

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