Eleven hikers have been found dead and 12 more are missing after a volcano erupted in Indonesia, as rescuers carry the injured and burned down the mountain on foot, officials said.
Rescuers on Sunday found dozens of hikers stuck on Mount Marapi, on the island of Sumatra, after the volcano spewed a 3.000-meter-high column of ash yesterday.
The dead hikers were found near Marapi's crater after the 2.891-meter-high volcano buried nearby villages with ash, said the head of the local rescue agency, Abdul Malik.
Twelve people went missing, three were found alive, and 49 descended safely from the crater, some with burns and fractures, Malik said.
He added that the rescue is carried out on foot and by hand, because the helicopter cannot be used since the eruption is ongoing.
120 members of the rescue service are participating in the action, reports AFP.