Nearly 3,000 Indonesians have been evacuated from their homes after the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management elevated the threat posed by Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to the highest possible level.

Military sources said soldiers and police evacuated 2,730 residents from four villages within a determined danger zone around the south and southeast of the volcano and moved them to temporary shelters.

The 2,457-metre mount erupted in September 2013 after 400 years of dormant volcanic activity.

A massive eruption in February 2014 claimed 16 lives while the most recent eruption on February 1 left 11 people dead and three others injured.-VNA