Volcano ash covers Indonesia villages

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A thick layer of ash has covered several villages in Indonesia after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, the BBC reports.

At least seven people died after clouds of hot ash and gas consumed farmland around the mountain on Sunday.

Rescuers are still searching for survivors.

The ash reached towns 12km away, local military head Agustatius Sitepu told AFP, including Gamber village in North Sumatra.

Even though the eruptions have subsided since Sunday, residents are still being warned to stay away from the 2,460m volcano, which is among the country’s most active.

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