The death toll from the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has tragically climbed to 22, with the discovery of 11 additional bodies by rescue teams on Tuesday.
Abdul Malik, the head of the local rescue service, expressed a grim outlook, stating, “We don’t expect to find any more survivors.”
Despite the rescue efforts that initially saved over 50 people on Sunday, the challenging conditions persist.
Eleven casualties were confirmed earlier, and Malik emphasized the priority of ensuring the safety of the rescue team.
Continuous rainfall since the previous evening has rendered paths slippery, hindering evacuation efforts.
Rescue operations concentrated on a popular rocky area where many climbers were believed to have camped.
Two bodies were found on Monday, and the toll rose to nine more on Tuesday. Unfortunately, one person remains unaccounted for.