Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Over 500 hikers rescued from Indonesian volcano after deadly quake

Over 500 hikers rescued from Indonesian volcano after deadly quake

More than 500 hikers have been rescued from an Indonesian volcano after being trapped by landslides triggered by a devastating quake, an official from the national disaster agency said on Tuesday.

In an official letter circulated among the related institutions, Zainul wrote that based on observations in the field he declared the emergency status for Sembalun and Sambelia, two districts facing the most destruction after the natural disaster.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP that 543 people had arrived back at the foot of the mountain by Monday night.

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More than 1,400 homes were damaged on the island after the tremors struck from a shallow depth, which tends to inflict greater devastation.

At least 16 people were killed by falling debris and more than 350 were injured, majority seriously, after Sunday's magnitude 6.4 Quake, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

According to the agency, only 149 people are stuck on top of Mount Rinjani itself, while around 500 hikers are stranded in the Sembalun Village, which is located along the volcanic mountain's slope. The hiker who perished was reportedly struck and killed by falling rocks and debris.

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

Anci, a villager from near the quake epicenter, said he and his family spent the night in a makeshift tent, anxious that aftershocks could cause more buildings to collapse. I felt paralysed and stopped moving.

Rescuers descended Indonesia's Mount Rinjani yesterday with the bodies of two victims after landslides triggered by an natural disaster stranded more than 1,200 trekkers on the mountain in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara province.

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Helicopters and search teams were deployed to scour the volcano's slopes and drop food supplies for those stranded on the mountain. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday wrote to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to offer his condolences, saying that he was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives, injuries and destruction.

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