Monday, 19 November, 2018


Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

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Bennie Garza | 09 August, 2018, 11:55

At least 543 tourists have been rescued from a mountain in Indonsia's Lombok Island following a deadly natural disaster that killed 16 people and cut off routes, a government official said on Tuesday.

The official death toll of the quake is now at least 15.

"Aftershocks are still possible, but while their strength should not exceed 6.4-magnitude on the Richter scale, we ask members of the public to remain careful when in buildings with cracks", he said.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency recorded more than 270 aftershocks, damaging more than 1,400 homes on the island.

A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed.

Hiking trails on the mountain were closed following the quake due to fear of further landslides.

While property damage is still being surveyed, thousands are believed to have been rendered homeless.

According to the AAP, the National Disaster Management Agency said rescuers extracted 543 hikers after the powerful quake that left 16 dead and another 350 injured. The other victim has not been identified.

The others who returned today were Nur Sakinah Hasman who had taken to Facebook from Perkampungan Senaru, near Mount Rinjani, saying that her group needed helicopters to be lifted out.

Most of the trekkers reached the base of the mountain by late Monday evening, according to I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for the search and rescue agency on the island's main city of Mataram.

State news agency Antara yesterday reported that a baby had been safely delivered at an emergency shelter in Sembalun district, two days after the quake, with four more women expected to give birth.

Among the procedures applied for the affected foreign tourists was to waive the hotel charges for the next day after Sunday's strong natural disaster, which hit the popular destination island located in West Nusa Tenggara province, said the minister.

"There are still about 10 people up there but they are all Indonesians", he said.

"I felt the earth move. and thought 'Huh? Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia in whatever way we can".

Anna Stevens and Kathryn Coulson were trekking on Mount Rinjani when the 6.4 quake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday.

The search will be halted at sunset, search and rescue officials said.

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