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Cold lava flooded villages. 41 people dead

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At least 41 people died as a result of flash floods and the flow of so-called cold lava from a volcano in Sumatra, the AFP news agency reported on Monday, citing data from the national emergency services. The search for 17 missing people is ongoing.

Several hours of intense rainfall that occurred on the night from Friday to Saturday in Sumatra led to flash floods. They also caused the so-called cold lava, which is a mixture of volcanic material such as ash, sand, and rocks that flows down slopes during rainy weather. The material covered roads and houses near the foot of Mount Marapi, an active volcano.

Dozens of people died as a result of the weather breakdown.

– On Sunday evening we were talking about 37 deaths, but on Monday the number increased to 41 – Ilham Wahab, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency in West Sumatra province, told AFP.

Survivors told how they fled in panic as cold lava flowed towards their homes. – I heard thunder and a sound similar to that of boiling water – Rina Devina told AFP. She added that three of her neighbors died.

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Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia during the rainy season. Conservationists blame these disasters on logging and deforestation.

Destruction after floods and mudslides in SumatraPAP/EPA/BNPB / HANDOUT

Reuters, PAP, france24.com, CNN, BBC

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/GIVO ALPUTRA

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