One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes has now claimed at least 28 live as the country grapples with its second ongoing disaster.
Mount Merapi’s eruption has forced thousands of villagers to flee their homes, which have been covered by a blanket of white ash.
Authorities are warning people not to return despite a lull in volcanic activity on Wednesday.
Rescue teams are scouring the area in central Java in the search for survivors or to recover bodies.
Among the victims is an elderly man appointed by the Sultan of Yogyakarta to act as the volcano’s spiritual guardian.
Dozens of people have been transferred to nearby hospitals to be treated for their injuries, mainly severe burns and respiratory problems.
Officials said they were closely monitoring Mount Merapi to avoid any further casualties.
The volcano has erupted many times over the past 200 years, often with deadly results.
A 1994 blast killed 70 people, while 1,300 died following an eruption in 1930.
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