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On the Indonesian island of Java, the casualty balance has risen further after the volcano Semeru. According to the national disaster agency, at least 22 people have been killed, and 27 people are still missing.


Most of the fatalities died after being struck by scorching hot volcanic debris during the eruption on Saturday. The disaster agency said many of them were burned beyond recognition on Tuesday.

So far, only 13 victims have been identified. At least 68 people also suffered burns, authorities said earlier. Nearly 2,000 residents have been made homeless. They are temporarily housed in mosques and government buildings.

The nearly 3,700-meter high volcano is the highest mountain in Java and is located in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The volcano had erupted several times since December last year.

Indonesia is located in the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’, the most geologically active zone on earth with more frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and has about 128 active volcanoes.

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