Rescuers searching the hazardous slopes of Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano found 11 more bodies of climbers who were caught by a surprise weekend eruption, raising the number of confirmed dead to 22, officials said Tuesday. More than 50 climbers were rescued after the initial eruption Sunday, and 11 others were initially confirmed dead. New eruptions on Monday and Tuesday spewed more hot ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air, reducing visibility and temporarily halting search and recovery operations, said Abdul Malik, chief of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency.
Another 12 hikers are missing after Sumatra's Mount Marapi shot a huge ash column into the air.
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Indonesia's volcanology agency had warned since 2011 that it was unsafe to climb the country's active Marapi volcano, the organisation's chief said, days after the peak erupted and killed 13 climbers, with 10 still missing on Tuesday. The 2,891-metre high volcano in West Sumatra erupted on Sunday, spewing gray clouds of ash as high as 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) into the sky. Search operations for 10 missing climbers were under way on Tuesday, local authorities said, with about 200 local rescuers involved.
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Heavy rains and strong winds pelted India's southern and eastern coastlines on Monday and states were put on high alert after a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a powerful storm, authorities said. It's likely to hit the southern coast on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 90-100 kph (56-62 mph) and gusts up to 110 kph (68 mph), the Indian Meteorological Department said.
Dozens of hikers were trapped on a mountain when a volcano erupted in Indonesia.Around 75 mountaineers had set out to climb Mount Merapi, an active volcano straddling the Agam and Tanah Datar Regencies in West Sumatra, on December 2 afternoon.However, the volcano erupted at around 2:54 pm on Sunday, December 3, leaving the climbers stranded as ash blanketed the mountain's slopes and nearby villages.Harrowing footage shows a hiker covered in ash and mud waiting to be rescued as volcanic dust blotted out sunlight.Rescue officials said 26 hikers have not descended since Sunday. Eleven of them were declared dead. Three survivors have been rescued, while 12 more people were being sought.Eka Dhamayanti, Daily Executive Head of the West Sumatra Province Natural Resources Conservation Center, said: 'Some of the hikers have already come down. Most of them are still in the mountain area and are in the process of being evacuated.'Rescue operations were temporarily suspended due to a minor eruption on Monday morning, December 4.Mount Merapi is an active stratovolcano located in Central Java, Indonesia. It is one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world, known for frequent eruptions that pose a significant threat to nearby populated areas. The volcano's name means 'Mountain of Fire', reflecting its fiery and eruptive nature.Indonesia sits inside the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' where the majority of Earth's volcano eruptions and earthquakes happen.
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STORY: Eleven climbers have been found dead in Indonesia, following the eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra.Their bodies were found on Monday (December 4) near the volcano’s crater, alongside three survivors, according to a rescue official.They were among 75 climbers in the area at the time of Sunday’s eruption.The local search and rescue team says the majority of the climbers have been found, with many being treated for burns.A dozen climbers remain unaccounted for, but the search was suspended on Monday due to safety concerns after a further small eruption. This woman is hoping for news of her nephew."I'm waiting for my sister's second child named Muhammad Teguh Amanda. The child is studying at Andalas University (one of the local state universities in Padang). He left for the hike on Saturday, it looks like he was on his way down and got stuck and now we don't know his whereabouts."Mount Marapi erupted on Sunday (December 3) morning, spewing ash almost 2 miles high into the air.Indonesia sits on the Pacific's so-called "Ring of Fire” and has 127 active volcanos, according to the volcanology agency. Marapi is one of the most active on the country’s western Sumatra island.Sixty people were killed when it erupted in April 1979 - it’s most deadly eruption to date.
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Streets in Chennai were under water on Monday, December 4, as the intensifying Cyclone Michaung drenched the city as it neared India’s east coast.The India Meteorological Department said the storm would intensify while moving north, before reaching land near Bapatla in the state of Andhra Pradesh on December 5.The flooding caused power cuts and disruption to public transport, The Times of India said. Chennai Airport said it would close until at least 11 pm. Credit: Senthilkumar TT via Storyful