“Take care, pray for them” read one comment from an onlooker.
These are just some of the haunting clips shared on the social media platform by those on the scene. A natural disaster of this scale happened in January, but had no fatalities.
This time around search and rescue teams are reporting a rising death toll.
In a news conference on Saturday, Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java’s Lumajang District, near Mount Semeru revealed that at least 14 people have been killed and many others have suffered burns from the lava flow.
While many rescue teams have rushed to provide urgent help and evacuated many, the mission has proved to be more than strenuous.
According to Vice, however, volunteers’ rescue efforts have been “hampered by suffocating smoke, a power blackout, and rainstorms that Indonesian meteorologists say are expected to continue over the coming days.”