, Dec 8 () –
At least 39 people have died and another twelve are unaccounted for after the eruption of the Semeru volcano, in the Indonesian province of East Java, which took place on Saturday, according to the latest government balance.
The authorities of the Lumajang district, one of the most affected, have reported that another 120 people have been injured, 38 of them seriously, according to the Antara news agency.
In addition, search and rescue teams have gone ahead with their devices in an attempt to find a dozen people who are still missing. The eruption has displaced more than 4,000 people in the district.
The country’s president, Joko Widodo, visited the affected area on Tuesday and promised to relocate some 2,000 families who have been affected. In this sense, it has indicated that the Government will take the necessary measures to restore the infrastructures that have been damaged.
The nearly 3,700-meter-high volcano is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and has erupted several times since December 2020. It is the highest mountain on the entire island, home to some 145 million of people.
In addition, the country is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its high seismic activity and in which there are more than a hundred active volcanoes.