Hundreds evacuated after Indonesian volcano erupts
MAUROLE, Indonesia (AFP) - More than 500 people have been evacuated from a tiny Indonesian island where a volcano erupted at the weekend, spewing rocks and lava that killed five villagers, an official said on Monday.
Mount Rokatenda, on Palue island in East Nusa Tenggara province, threw red-hot ash two km into the sky on Saturday and unleashed torrents of molten lava onto a beach, killing three adults and two children as they slept.
Officials had previously put the death toll at six, but on Monday revised it down.
Rescuers have been battling through roads blocked by ash to reach affected areas and try to persuade reluctant villagers to leave their homes.