Indonesia’s Mount Semeru spewed more ash on Monday, hampering the search for survivors as the death toll rose to 22 following the volcano’s deadly weekend eruption.
The biggest mountain on the island of Java thundered to life Saturday, ejecting a mushroom of volcanic ash high into the sky and raining hot mud as thousands of panicked people fled their homes.
Aerial photos showed entire streets filled with grey volcanic ash and mud, which had swallowed many homes and vehicles, including whole trucks. Indonesia’s national disaster agency said the number killed rose to 22 on Monday night and 27 people were still missing.
“I’m still hoping my son will be found… Every time I hear victims have been found, I hope it is my son,” said MaskurSuhri of Sumberwuluh village, who was collecting palm tree sap when Semeru erupted.