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Cold Lava Tragedy Over 40 Lives Lost in Indonesia's Sumatra

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Rescue operations are in full swing in Indonesia as authorities race to find 17 people still missing in the aftermath of devastating floods and "cold lava" flows triggered by volcanic activity on the western island of Sumatra. According to reports from the BBC, the calamity has claimed the lives of at least 41 individuals.

The disaster unfolded over the weekend as heavy rainfall unleashed torrents of ash and rocks from Mount Marapi, Sumatra's most active volcano, inundating several districts. Among the hardest-hit areas were Canduang in Agam district and Tanah Datar, where overflowing rivers of cold lava swept away homes, mosques, and public infrastructure, leaving a trail of destruction.

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Rescue efforts intensified as emergency responders scoured the affected regions for survivors and victims. By Sunday afternoon, search teams had discovered 19 bodies in Canduang and recovered nine more in Tanah Datar, according to updates from the National Search and Rescue Agency. Despite these grim findings, the search continues for the 17 individuals still unaccounted for, offering a glimmer of hope amid the tragedy.

Eyewitness accounts paint a harrowing picture of the disaster's impact, with survivors recounting scenes of chaos and devastation. Rina Devina, a 43-year-old resident of Agam district, described fleeing her home amidst the darkness, guided only by the light of her cellphone. She recounted how a neighbor's house was obliterated by massive rocks, claiming the lives of four individuals.

The term "cold lava" refers to lahar, a phenomenon characterized by the flow of volcanic material and debris down a volcano's slopes during periods of heavy rain. Despite its name, the temperatures of lahar can vary widely, typically ranging between 0°C and 100°C. This mixture of volcanic material and water forms a slurry that resembles wet concrete, capable of engulfing and destroying everything in its path.

As Indonesia grapples with the aftermath of this natural disaster, the resilience of affected communities and the tireless efforts of rescue teams offer a beacon of hope amidst the devastation.

May 14, 2024 4:37 p.m. 9659

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