Monday, 20 August, 2018

More than 500 hikers stranded on mountain after Indonesia quake

Powerful quake strikes Indonesian tourist island of Lombok   
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Melinda Barton | 09 August, 2018, 11:54

This is with reference to the representative of local service of rescue informs AFP.

Hundreds managed to find a way down on Sunday and over 500 more reached safety Monday night. The last of the trapped trekkers have now been evacuated, officials said.

The 3,726-metre (12,224-feet) Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia and a favourite among sightseers.

The Lombok quake struck at 6:47 am at a shallow depth of 7 km that amplified its effect.

Kathryn's aunt Victoria Toas said: 'They actually believed the volcano was erupting until they spoke to us and we told them it was an natural disaster.

"It looked like the mountain in front of me was going to collapse", another stranded Thai, Funknathee Prapasawat, said on Facebook.

Challenging conditions, including more than 120 powerful aftershocks, meant numerous hikers were unlikely to reach the bottom...

Provincial tourism stakeholders implemented service procedures, including hotel charge discounts, for foreign tourists affected by natural disaster in Lombok island, Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Tuesday. Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless as substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island.

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

"They are all safe and sound", said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of the National Disaster Management Agency.

Rinjawani Pebolaisia, an evacuee at a shelter in East Lombok, said they were lacking basic supplies.

"We have searched the (Rinjani) area, there are no more hikers", he told AFP. "Many people are sleeping outside".

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. At least 14 people have died, and more than 160 were injured.