Indonesia’s mountain Semeru more than spit out, forcing rescuers to suspend the search for survivors as aerial photos showed the extent of the devastation unleashed by the volcano’s deadly weekend eruption.
The largest mountain on the island of Java thundered to life on Saturday, throwing a mushroom volcanic ash high into the air and raining hot mud while thousands of panicked people fled their homes.
At least 14 people have apparently been killed so far.
Aerial photos show entire streets filled with gray volcanic ash and mud, which engulfed many homes and vehicles, including entire trucks.
Rescue operations were suspended Monday due to fresh volcanic activity.
“All evacuation crews were pulled out … temporarily because there was a small fresh eruption and it could endanger the evacuation crews,” rescue worker Rizal Purnama said.
“The search will continue today as soon as the situation is a little safer.”
Dozens of people are still missing, he added.