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Mount Marapi in West Sumatra Erupts, 11 Climbers Found Dead

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Jakarta, IO – As many as 11 climbers were found dead on Mount Marapi, West Sumatra, Mon (4/12) after they were trapped when the volcano erupted on Sunday (3/12).

“As of 7am WIB, 11 climbers had been found dead. Meanwhile, three other people survived,” said Head of Padang SAR Agency Abdul Malik, per Kompas.

According to Abdul, of the 75 climbers trapped, 63 have been found while the remaining 12 are still unaccounted for. Rescue workers are still searching for them.

“49 have been evacuated safely, some have returned home and some are being treated in two hospitals, in Padang Panjang and Bukittinggi,” he explained.

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Meanwhile, head of Marapi volcano monitoring station Ahmad Rifandi said that 45 eruptions have occurred since first eruption at 2.53pm WIB, Sun (3/12). The eruption spewed hot ash with a radius up to 3,000 meters, per Detikcom.

“The height of the ash column could not be observed because it was covered by clouds,” said Rifandi. (un)

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