Search ends on Mount Marapi with 23 dead and 52 rescued

Hiker-killed-Marapi-eruption ©Provided by The Associated Press Rescuers carry the body of a hiker killed in the eruption of Mount Marapi in Agam, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. The surprise weekend eruption killed nearly two dozens climbers and injured several others, officials said. (AP Photo/Ade Yuandha)

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • The search has ended for any more victims among climbers who were caught by a weekend eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Marapi volcano that killed 23 people and injured several others, officials said Thursday.
  • About 75 climbers started up the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain in Agam district of West Sumatra province on Saturday and were on the volcano when it erupted the following day.
  • West Sumatra Police Chief Suharyono said earlier that the discovery of the body of a female university student Wednesday had raised the confirmed death toll to 23. Officials said Thursday that they believed all the dead had been recovered.
  • After an evaluation of the search and rescue results, “authorities have ended the search and rescue operation in Mount Marapi as all the victims have been found by late Wednesday,” said Abdul Muhari, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson.
  • The National Search and Rescue Agency said all the bodies had been taken to a hospital by late Wednesday for identification.
  • Some 52 climbers were rescued after the initial eruption Sunday, with about a dozen taken to hospitals with serious to minor injuries.

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