Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides

| Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 9:55am

 

Indonesia earthquake: 'Massive damage' in Lombok village

 

More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes.

Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination.

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.

At least 16 people have died, and more than 160 were injured in the quake.

Helicopter and search teams working on foot are searching the mountainside to locate the stranded climbers.

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

A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani was among those killed. Another young Indonesian hiker was also killed by falling rocks.

Hikers from France, Thailand, the Netherlands and Malaysia are among those waiting to be evacuated off Mount Rinjani.

Authorities say more than 500 people, mostly foreign tourists, have already come down from the mountain but 266 are still trapped up there.

Helicopters are now searching for the stranded.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS



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