Hundreds trapped on Indonesian mountain after natural disaster

Hundreds trapped on Indonesian mountain after natural disaster

Hundreds trapped on Indonesian mountain after natural disaster

More than 1,000 homes were damaged on the island after the 6.4 magnitude natural disaster hit on Sunday morning at a shallow depth, which tends to inflict greater devastation.

"There are still 560 people trapped".

The hikers included 189 foreign tourists, 173 locals, 31 guides and 150 porters, "all healthy and safe", Sutopo said.

The epicentre of the quake was 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Mataram, far from the main tourist spots on the south and west of the island.

During a visit to the island Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced each damaged property would receive 50 million rupiah ($3468) in aid to help them rebuild, according to state news agency Antara.

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

Indonesia deployed two helicopters and 224 personnel, including 100 troops from the army's elite unit of Kopassus, in the operation to evacuate the tourists from Mount Rinjani, he added.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) stands beside Nusa Tenggara Barat Governor TGB Zainul Majdi while talking to quake victims inside a makeshift tent at Madayin village in Lombok Timur, Indonesia, July 30, 2018.

According to official figures, close to five thousand people were sheltered after collapsing their homes and because of the fear of aftershocks.

Ali bin Dachlan has also issued a seven-day emergency as his regency was the worst-hit by the shallow magnitude 6.4 quake.

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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.

A Malaysian was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur said.

Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Around 16 people were killed as well as a 30-year-old Malaysian woman who died on the mountain.

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