More than 500 hikers rescued from Indonesia's Mount Rinjani

Hundreds of hikers still stranded after Lombok quake

Anna Stevens and Kathryn Coulson were trekking on Mount Rinjani when the 6.4 quake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday.

"There are still 560 people trapped".

One Thai tourist, who reached the foot of the mountain Tuesday morning, felt the ground shake beneath her sleeping bag.

"Providing food and medicine to them as soon as possible is now our priority", said Sudiyono.

Fifty-eight of the 216 Thais evacuated from an Indonesian volcano after a deadly quake triggered landslides that trapped them on the mountain will return home on Tuesday, officials said.

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.

Ali bin Dachlan has also issued a seven-day emergency as his regency was the worst-hit by the shallow magnitude 6.4 quake. Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

Joko Widodo, the Indonesian President, visited Lombok on Monday morning to meet with various villages who have been impacted by the quake.

The magnitude 6.4 natural disaster early Sunday killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was among the Mount Rinjani climbers.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency recorded more than 270 aftershocks, damaging more than 1,400 homes on the island.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday wrote to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to offer his condolences, saying he was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives, injuries and destruction.

More than 335 people have been injured, Reuters reported, mostly by buildings collapsed during the quake.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.



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