Climbers killed as Indonesian volcano erupts

STORY: Eleven climbers have been found dead in Indonesia, following the eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra.

Their bodies were found on Monday (December 4) near the volcano’s crater, alongside three survivors, according to a rescue official.

They were among 75 climbers in the area at the time of Sunday’s eruption.

The local search and rescue team says the majority of the climbers have been found, with many being treated for burns.

A dozen climbers remain unaccounted for, but the search was suspended on Monday due to safety concerns after a further small eruption.

This woman is hoping for news of her nephew.

"I'm waiting for my sister's second child named Muhammad Teguh Amanda. The child is studying at Andalas University (one of the local state universities in Padang). He left for the hike on Saturday, it looks like he was on his way down and got stuck and now we don't know his whereabouts."

Mount Marapi erupted on Sunday (December 3) morning, spewing ash almost 2 miles high into the air.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific's so-called "Ring of Fire” and has 127 active volcanos, according to the volcanology agency.

Marapi is one of the most active on the country’s western Sumatra island.

Sixty people were killed when it erupted in April 1979 - it’s most deadly eruption to date.