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Deathtoll rises to 13 after Mount Marapi eruption, climbers still missing

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Two more bodies were found late on Monday, an Indonesian official says, as volcanic activity hampers rescue mission.

The death toll from the Mount Marapi eruption in Indonesia has risen to 13, after two more bodies were recovered from the slopes of the volcano late on Monday, according to an official from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).

12 hikers are still missing and presumed dead, as the search and rescue operation has been suspended due to the high risk of further eruptions and pyroclastic flows.

Mount Marapi, located in West Sumatra, erupted on Sunday, spewing hot ash and gas up to 5 km (3 miles) into the air. The eruption caught hundreds of hikers off guard, who were enjoying the weekend on the popular trekking destination.

According to the NDMA, 189 people have been evacuated from the mountain, while 18 others have been injured, some with severe burns.

The agency has warned the public to stay away from the danger zone, which extends 5 km (3 miles) from the crater, and to wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from the volcanic ash.

Mount Marapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, a country that lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic and volcanic activity that circles the Pacific Ocean. The volcano has erupted regularly since 1548, with the most recent major eruption occurring in 2010, which killed 353 people and displaced 350,000 others.

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