Mount Sinabung in Indonesia continues to spew lava combined with billowing smoke killing at least 15 people so far.

Plumes of ash reached up to a mile in the sky. Many were also scalded by ash as hot as 700 degree racing down the mountain slope.

The bodies of the victims are being taken to their places of residence for burial.

"Since Sunday morning, local people packed the RSU Kabanjahe to witness the repatriation of the bodies of the Sinabung victims. Several ambulance vehicles belonging to the Karo administration are ready at the RSU Kabanjahe to transport any further Sinabung victims whose bodies might not yet have been discovered," Jhonson Tarigan, coordinator of Mt Sinabung disaster mitigation post's media centre in Kabanjabe, told the Antara news agency.

The geology department has also raised the warning level from scale three to four, suggesting that people who live within a radius of 5km around the mountain are to be evacuated.

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A villager runs as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra provinceReuters
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At least 15 villagers have been killed so farReuters
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Villagers walk on ash as they carry a victim of hot lava from Mount Sinabung at Suka Meriah village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra provinceReuters
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A hand of a villager who died when Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, is seen in a body bag at Suka Meriah village in Karo district, Indonesia's North SumatraReuters
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Villagers run as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra provinceReuters