Rescuers dig out body of boy, 13, from the piles of ash left by Indonesian ...

Rescuers dig out body of boy, 13, from the piles of ash left by Indonesian ...
Rescuers dig out body of boy, 13, from the piles of ash left by Indonesian ...

Rescuers dug out the body of 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday after the highest volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted with fury, killing at least 15 people with searing gas and ash and leaving 27 others missing.

Mount Semeru in Lumajang district in East Java province spewed thick columns of ash as high as 40,000 feet into the sky in a sudden eruption Saturday triggered by heavy rain. 

Villages and nearby towns were blanketed by tons of volcanic debris, as searing gas raced down the sides of the mountain, smothering entire villages and killing or seriously burning those caught in its path.

Rescue efforts had been suspended on Sunday due to harsh weather, but resumed this morning as conditions improved. 

The body of the 13-year-old boy was recovered in the worst-hit village of Sumberwuluh, where houses were buried to their rooftops and cars were submerged. 

Rescue workers uncover the foot of a victim in an area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Sumberwuluh village, Lumajang, Indonesia, December 6, 2021.

Rescue workers uncover the foot of a victim in an area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Sumberwuluh village, Lumajang, Indonesia, December 6, 2021.

Rescuers dug out the body of the 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday after the highest volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted with fury

Rescuers dug out the body of the 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday after the highest volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted with fury

Rescue workers find a victim in an area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Sumberwuluh village, where houses were buried to their rooftops and cars were submerged in volcanic ash

Rescue workers find a victim in an area affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Sumberwuluh village, where houses were buried to their rooftops and cars were submerged in volcanic ash

Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Lumajang district, East Java province, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The highest volcano on Java island spewed thick columns of ash into the sky in a sudden eruption Saturday triggered by heavy rains.

Mount Semeru releases volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Lumajang district, East Java province, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The highest volcano on Java island spewed thick columns of ash into the sky in a sudden eruption Saturday triggered by heavy rains.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul

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