Thousands flee as Indonesia's volcano Mt Semeru erupts.

Indonesia's Semeru volcano on Java island erupted on Saturday (December 4), killing one person and injuring 41 as it spewed out huge clouds of smoke and ash, officials said.

The deputy chief of Lumajang district, Indah Masdar, told a virtual news conference one person had died and 41 people had suffered burn injuries.

Authorities were setting up evacuation tents, the country's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said. But evacuations have been hampered by thick smoke, said BNPB chief Suharyanto.

Semeru, the highest on Java island, is among Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes. It erupted in January, causing no casualties.

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