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At least one dead, dozens injured in Indonesia volcano eruption

At least one dead, dozens injured in Indonesia volcano eruption
The Mount Semeru volcano in Indoinesia's East Java province spews volcanic ash over the village of Lumajang during an eruption Saturday. Photo by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management/EPA-EFE

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Officials in Indonesia said at least one person died and dozens more were injured by Saturday's eruption of the Mount Semeru volcano in East Java province.

Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java's Lumajang District, said in a news conference that at least one person was dead and at least 41 others suffered burns after the volcano began to erupt Saturday.

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Masdar said lava flows destroyed the village of Curahkobokan and evacuation efforts were complicated by the destruction of a bridge connecting Curahkobokan to the nearby village of Pronojiwo.

Maj. Gen. Suharyanto, the head of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), said evacuation points had been established in three villages and two subdistricts located near Curahkobokan.

East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa had earlier ordered the evacuation of villages located nearby the volcano.

Mount Semeru, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, last erupted in January. No casualties were reported from the previous eruption.

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