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Mount Merapi eruption: 11 dead, 12 missing in Indonesia's West Sumatra, search on

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Mount Merapi eruption: Eleven climbers were killed and more than 12 are missing after Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted, according to local officials, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.

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According to authorities, as many as 75 people were in the area when the volcano in West Sumatra erupted on Sunday.

Abdul Malik, the head of the Padang Search and Rescue Agency, stated, "There are 26 people who have not been evacuated; we have found 14 of them, three alive and 11 dead."

A massive cloud of volcanic ash spread across the sky in video footage from Sunday's eruption, and cars and roads were covered in debris. According to Al Jazeera, a minor eruption on Monday forced rescue workers to halt their operations.

According to the country's volcanology agency, Indonesia is located on the Pacific's so-called "Ring of Fire" and has 127 active volcanoes, including the 2,891-metre (about 9,500 ft) Mount Merapi.

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