source link follow url JAKARTA July 30 (JDN.id) – Hundreds of climbers and tourists are still trapped on Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani and its slope in Lombok, East Nusa Tenggara on Monday following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning that caused landslides and blocked some routes.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said there were 829 climbers, including foreigners from 26 nationalities, stranded on the mountain as of Sunday, many of them managed to reach the nearby safe area close to midnight.
“There were 680 people, 354 foreigners and 222 Indonesians climbed down the mountain by 11.30 p.m. local time (Sunday), so it is expected that 149 individuals are still in the mountain,” BNPB statement stated on Monday.
Apart from climbers, there are 540 tourists, 135 foreigners and 405 Indonesians trapped at KM10 of Sembalum route and Batu Ceper area, both at the slopes of the mountain. According to BNPB data, a total of 689 people need to be evacuated up to now.
“When the earthquake hit (almost at 7 a.m. local time), landslides occurred and rocks were falling from the upper slope. Climbers felt strong shakes and became panicked. They are trapped at Rinjani because the climbing routes are dangerous,” BNPB statement said.
watch The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.
go At least 16 people have died, including a Malaysian national and an Indonesian climber, and more than 350 people were injured.
Search and rescue teams have been combing the mountainside to locate the stranded climbers.