The evacuees included hundreds of villagers who lived near a dam that burst Monday due to cold lava and heavy rain, Operational Chief of Search and Rescue I Wayan Suyatna told CNN.
He added that Monday’s search operation was forced to stop twice due to pyroclastic clouds — a mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that can be much more dangerous than lava.
“Hot volcanic cloud is dangerous for the team safety,” Suyatna said. “The weather here is also really bad. (Está) dark and rainy.”
Video shared Monday by Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows debris-filled mud stretching for miles around the volcano. Villages are completely abandoned and vehicles remain submerged under the sludge, while thousands of trees are covered in a sheet of ashy dust.
Local resident, Hosniya, 31, told Reuters the eruption caught her by surprise.
“En primer lugar, I thought it was a bomb explosion … suddenly it was all dark, like it was going to destroy the earth,” ella dijo.
Hosniya was evacuated with her family, but they were unable to take anything with them but their official papers, Reuters informó.
In the village of Sumberwuluh, donde 16 houses were buried under ash, residents raced to evacuate their livestock on trucks Sunday. Roofs of several of the village’s houses had caved in, leaving bricks and metal rods exposed.
Aftershocks from the eruption were also felt among some residents of Kobokan and Kanjar villages late Sunday. They were later evacuated to a shelter in a nearby district.
The Indonesian government said it was preparing a relocation process for villagers who lost their home in the eruption. The BNPB said it will provide them with financial aid before the government can relocate them.
Indonesia sits between two continental plates on what is known as the Ring of Fire, a band around the basin of the Pacific Ocean that leads to high levels of tectonic and volcanic activity.
En Enero, Mount Merapi on Java Island erupted
, shooting up a cloud of ash that led authorities to warn of the risk of lava reaching roads
. The volcano violently erupted in
2010, matando a más de 350 gente.