Over 22,000 flee erupting volcano
JAKARTA — Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano continued sending hot gas and rock down its slopes and into the sky yesterday, an official said. More than 22,000 people have been displaced by the volcano’s latest round of activity, which began in September, the National Disaster Management Agency said.
“It still has a lot of energy, so it’s expected to continue to erupt for some time,” said disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho. He said the volcano has erupted more than 20 times since Tuesday.
Many of the refugees are in poor conditions in government buildings and makeshift shelters in the Karo district of North Sumatra province, aid workers said. — dpa