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Volcanic eruption in Indonesia; Death toll rises to 15, 27 missing

Jakarta: The death toll from the eruption of the Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has risen to 15. 27 people are missing. Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, said 56 people were being treated for burns at various hospitals.

The volcano erupted on Saturday. On Monday, the body of a 13-year-old boy was found in the worst-hit village of Sumberwuluh.

Eleven villages in Lumajang district were filled with ash and smoke following the volcanic eruption. So far, 1,700 people have been evacuated from the area, officials said.

Semeru finally erupted in December 2020. Thousands were evacuated that day.

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