Indonesia. At least 34 dead in flash floods and cold lava flows

Indonesia. At least 34 dead in flash floods and cold lava flows
Indonesia. At least 34 dead in flash floods and cold lava flows

At least 34 people, including several children, have died and 16 are missing after flash floods and cold lava flows in western Indonesia, emergency services announced on Sunday.

The tragedy occurred in the districts of Agam and Tanah Datar, in the west of the western island of Sumatra, around 10:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. French time) on Saturday, the Basarnas search and rescue agency said.

Continuing research

“As far as we know, 34 people died: 16 in Agam and 18 in Tanah Datar. At least 18 people are injured. We are also still searching for 16 other people,” said Ilham Wahab, spokesman for Sumatra’s search and rescue agency.

Earlier in the day, Abdul Malik, the head of the agency, indicated that nine bodies, including those of children aged three and eight, had been identified and that the search would continue.

For hours, torrential rains fell on the region on Saturday, causing flash floods and cold lava flows coming from Mount Marapi, a volcano located in the province of West Sumatra, detailed the Basarnas agency.

Cold lava is a magma formed by the various materials that make up the walls of a volcano: ash, sand and rocks. Under the effect of rain, these can mix and flow along the crater.

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