Body count rises after Indonesia volcano erupts

2014-02-01 17:56
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Scores flee as Indonesian volcano erupts

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted for the third time in a few months, covering nearby villages in ash and gray dust.

Karo - Eleven people, including four schoolchildren, were killed on Saturday after they were engulfed by scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said.

Eight people were found dead in Sukameriah village, near Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra, four of whom were high school students on a sightseeing trip to the volcano, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency.

Three other bodies were recovered from the village in the late afternoon and taken to hospital for identification, Nugroho added.

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