images of the deadly disaster in Sumatra

images of the deadly disaster in Sumatra
images of the deadly disaster in Sumatra

Chaos and desolation. Around thirty people died after floods and cold lava flows on the island of Sumatra, in western Indonesia, an AFP spokesperson told AFP this Sunday, May 12. Sumatran search and rescue agency.

The tragedy occurred this Saturday around 10:30 p.m. (local time), in the districts of Agam and Tanah Datar, in the west of the island of Sumatra, where torrential rains fell for several hours on the region, causing flash floods and cold lava flows from Mount Marapi, a volcano on the island.

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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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34 dead and dozens missing

“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 looking for 16 other people,” spokesperson Ilham Wahab told AFP.

According to the head of the local Padang relief agency, Abdul Malik, three additional victims were recorded but their deaths had to be confirmed by regional authorities.

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Spokesman Ilham Wahab added that authorities continued to receive reports of missing people on Sunday. He was not able to give the number of people evacuated, the efforts of rescuers being focused in particular on the search for the missing and the victims. Nine of the victims could be identified on Sunday, including two children aged three and eight, said Abdul Malik.

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