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Search on for survivors of Indonesia Mount Sinabung volcano eruption

Published on Feb 2, 2014 1:41 PM
Villagers run as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Feb 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KARO, Indonesia (AFP) - Indonesian rescuers will search through thick ash on Sunday hoping to find survivors after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted engulfing victims in scorching clouds, killing 14 people including four high-school students.

The volcano on the western island of Sumatra started erupting in September but on Saturday spewed hot rocks and ash 2,000 metres into the air, blanketing the surrounding countryside with grey dust.

About 100 rescuers, including from the military and police, armed with chainsaws and oxygen apparatus will carry out the difficult search through up to 30-centimetre thick ash in Sukameriah village - just 2.7 kilometres from the volcano's crater, disaster and local officials said.

"We don't know how many people are missing but rescuers today will resume evacuation and look for anyone still trapped," National Disaster Management Agency official Tri Budiarto told AFP.

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