at least 34 dead and 16 missing, including children, in floods and cold lava flows

at least 34 dead and 16 missing, including children, in floods and cold lava flows
at least 34 dead and 16 missing, including children, in floods and cold lava flows

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published
6 hours ago,

Update 21 minutes ago

Volunteers donate blood on the island of Sumatra.
KARTIK BYMA / AFP

For hours, torrential rains fell on the region on Saturday, causing flash floods and cold lava flows from Mount Marapi.

At least 34 people have died and 16 are missing after flash floods and cold lava flows in western Indonesia, emergency services announced on Sunday May 12. 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 (3:30 p.m. GMT) on Saturday, the Basarnas search and rescue agency said. “According to our information, 34 people died: 16 in Agam and 18 in Tanah Datar. At least 18 people are injured. We are also still looking for 16 other people”Ilham Wahab told AFP, referring to two districts in West Sumatra.

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. Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia during the rainy season. In March, at least 26 people were found dead after landslides and floods in west Sumatra island.

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