As the death toll at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano continues to increase, five bodies were recovered near the summit of the volcano on Monday, bringing the death toll to 36.
Rescue crews are still searching for missing people.
More than 250 people were exploring shrines and resorts at the 10,062-foot-high peak, the country’s second-tallest volcano when the eruption occurred.
Rescuers have managed to airlift only 12 bodies off the mountain since the start of the eruption on Saturday because of dangerous conditions.
Rescue workers put their gear away as rescue operations on Japanese volcano Mount Ontake are halted for the day on September 30, 2014, in Nagano prefecture, central Japan. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
In this photo taken by an anonymous climber and was offered to Kyodo News, climbers descend Mt. Ontake to flee as the volcanic moutain erupts in central Japan, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. AP Photo/Kyodo News
This aerial picture taken on September 28, 2014 shows rescue workers and Self Defence Force soldiers searching for missing climbers and survivors among ash covered mountain cottages on the top of Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
This aerial picture taken on September 28, 2014 shows mountain cottages and a Shinto shrine (above) being covered with volcanic ash on the top of Mount Ontake at Nagano prefecture, one day after Japan’s volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers help an injured person on Mount Ontake in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. AP Photo/Kyodo News