Jakarta. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano killed 58 people and injured dozens when it erupted again on Friday, with scores more suffering severe burns and breathing problems, officials said.
The latest deaths bring the total toll to more than 100 since the country’s most active volcano started erupting on Oct. 26.
“The death toll rose to 58 including seven toddlers,” said doctor Suseno Wibowo at Sarjito hospital in Yogyakarta, south of the volcano in central Java.
Hospital spokesman Banu Hermawan said earlier: “The evacuation process is still ongoing now. We’re afraid there’ll be more deaths as some locations are still inaccessible due to hot ash and volcanic material.”
Many of the dead were children from Argomulyo village, 18 kilometers from the crater, according to emergency response officials and witnesses.