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Death toll in Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano eruption reaches 23
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Death toll in Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano eruption reaches 23

| @indiablooms | 06 Dec 2023, 11:58 pm

West Sumatra (Indonesia): The death toll from Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano explosion reached 23 as rescuers found the last missing hikers, BBC reports.

The search for 10 missing hikers resumed on Tuesday after being paused due to safety worries, BBC reported.

The final body was identified as a woman and was recovered on Wednesday, said BBC, citing Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency.

"The joint search and rescue team has found one victim of the Mount Marapi eruption, who is now in the process of being evacuated," Abdul Malik, head of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency, told the BBC.

Marapi erupted a 3km (9,800ft) ash cloud into the air on Sunday, darkening the sky and covering the nearby villages in ash.

There were 75 hikers in the area during the main eruption on Sunday; however, most of them were evacuated and received treatment for burns, the BBC reports.

Twelve injured victims are undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Mount Marapi, which means "Mountain of Fire," is one of the 127 most active volcanoes in Indonesia and is also popular among hikers.

Some trails were only reopened in June of last year because of ash eruptions that occurred in January and February.

The most deadly eruption of Marapi took place in 1979, with 60 people dying.

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