JAKARTA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed by hot ash as Mt. Rokatenda on Palue island in East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia erupted again on Saturday, officials said.
Head of the Volcanology Agency, Surono, said that the volcano, which has erupted since October 12, erupted again at 04:27 a.m. local time Saturday, spewing ash up to 2,000 meters high.
The official and Spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed that five people were killed by hot ash on Saturday.
"Five people were confirmed dead. Three bodies have been found and the rest are being searched," Sutopo told Xinhua by phone.
"Now the volcano still erupts," head of the volcanology agency told Xinhua over phone.
Surono said that over 3,000 people had been evacuated from the dangerous zone months ago, but some of them returned to their homes.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago country sitting on a quake-prone zone so-called "the Pacific Ring of Fire", is home to 129 active volcanoes.