Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nearly 1,000 evacuated as Mount Egon volcano erupts in Indonesia

Nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated as Mount Egon volcano in East Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia erupted with hot ash and toxic gas.

As many as 927 people living in the dangerous evacuation zone of 3 kilometers have been evacuated to safer grounds, Xinhua reported quoting Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency.

More than 2,000 volcanic masks have been distributed to the villagers around the volcano in eastern Flores island to ease the impact of the eruption.