JAKARTA, July 30 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s Military has deployed 142 personnels from the Army’s special force Kopassus to help rescuers finding hundreds of climbers still stranded on the top of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, an official said on Monday.
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit some parts of central Indonesia earlier on Sunday. At least 16 people died and more than 300 were injured.
“The 142 soldiers consisting of climbers, medical team and logistics personnels departed from Halim Perdana Kusuma International Airport (in Jakarta to Lombok) using Hercules A-1301,” Chief operating commander of TNI Maj. Gen. Lodewyk Pusung said in a statement.
He added that many of the climbers were trapped due to the landslides triggered by the earthquake which was then followed by aftershocks. The landslides have cut the road to escape or exit.
“The soldiers’ job description is to evacuate people by using various kinds of equipments and finding alternative routes,” he said.
Military personnels are also bringing aids such as food, medicines, and blankets.