Indonesia volcano rescuers work through ash to reach trapped man

Image copyright AFP Image caption A helicopter sifts through a thick layer of ash to find a man who was trapped when the volcano erupted

Volcano rescue workers in Indonesia are working through a thick layer of ash to reach a man trapped when Mount Semeru erupted.

There are fears the man, who was visiting from Bali, could be trapped underground.

The active volcano has been erupting intermittently since the early 1950s.

Authorities urged residents not to enter the area around the Mount Semeru within a 1.5-mile (2km) radius on Friday.

‘Volcano eruption’

Mr Osman Idil, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), said the danger zone was being lifted in a radius of 2km around the volcano.

A BMKG official said the man was called to the mountain during a wind change when some rain fell.

Mr Idil said the man’s body had been found under a flowerpot in a cave.

An official at the local airport in Sigi regency, West Java, told the BBC there was still some ash in the air from the explosion but it was not affecting operations.

Authorities said the number of people sent to shelters after the volcano erupted rose to 4,000 from 2,500 on Friday.

They said a crack in the area around the volcano may have prompted some people to evacuate but there was no danger to people who remained.

Dozens of people were killed or injured by an earthquake on the rim of the volcano in 2008.

On Monday, the weather office said Mount Sinabung in Sumatra was about to spew ash and send ash up to a height of about 6,300m (20,000ft) in the coming days.

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