Indonesia natural disaster: Britons among 500 hikers rescued from mountain

Indonesia natural disaster: Britons among 500 hikers rescued from mountain

Indonesia natural disaster: Britons among 500 hikers rescued from mountain

Among the dead was a 30-year-old female Malaysian tourist, Antara said, who Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mourned in a statement Sunday. "What?s happening?'" she said. "I saw people fall off, but it's a blur".

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 680 people had been stranded on Rinjani, an active volcano, based on figures from its entry gates where the visitors are registered.

"There are now six people left".

Its spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in the morning of July 31, rescuers found the remaining six hikers, seven local residents, and the body of the Indonesian tourist who died in the landslide caused by the quake, at Rinjani, and that all were en route to Sembalun village.

Thousands of homes were damaged, but the East Lombok district was particularly hard hit.Reports say more than a thousand homes in that area alone were mangled.

Around 560 people were estimated to be trapped on Rinjani overnight, including citizens from the United States, France, the Netherlands, Thailand and Germany, as well as many other countries, search and rescue officials said.

"They were all exhausted, but in good condition and were checked by our medical teams on the ground upon arrival", Nugroho said.

Helicopters and search teams were deployed to scour the volcano's slopes and drop food supplies for those stranded on the mountain.

The volcano, which rises 3,726m (12,224ft) above sea level and is the second-highest one in Indonesia, is a favourite among sightseers.

A total of 7,593 people are staying in temporary shelters, according to officials. A local hotel owner, Jean Paul Volchaert, reported his own experience of these aftershocks, saying, "we felt aftershocks for two hours after the initial quake, so we're anxious that there could be more damage caused".

Indonesia is particularly prone to seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", a chain of volcanoes and fault lines.

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