Number killed by Indonesia volcano climbs to 138

An Indonesian volcano burst back to life two weeks ago has killed 138 people.

Mount Merapi: The number of people killed by an Indonesian volcano that burst back to life two weeks ago has climbed to 138.

Sigit Priohutomo, who works at Sardjito hospital, said the toll rose by 20 after patients caught up in a blistering fireball on Friday succumbed to their injuries.

The tiny hospital at the foot of Mount Merapi was struggling on Saturday to cope with victims brought in after the mountain unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century — some with burns covering 95 percent of their body.

Priohutomo, also charged with tallying the dead for the government, said at least 94 people were killed in the latest blast.

Earlier 44 died, most in the initial October 26 eruption.

Bureau Report