Last of hikers on Mt Rinjani rescued

Hikers (above) seen descending from Mount Rinjani on Monday in a photo released by the Indonesian military. More than 1,200 trekkers were trapped on the mountain when a quake struck Lombok on Sunday. Staff (below) at a morgue yesterday with a coffin
Hikers (above) seen descending from Mount Rinjani on Monday in a photo released by the Indonesian military. More than 1,200 trekkers were trapped on the mountain when a quake struck Lombok on Sunday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hikers (above) seen descending from Mount Rinjani on Monday in a photo released by the Indonesian military. More than 1,200 trekkers were trapped on the mountain when a quake struck Lombok on Sunday. Staff (below) at a morgue yesterday with a coffin
Staff (above) at a morgue yesterday with a coffin at a police hospital in Lombok.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Rescuers in Lombok also find another body as the authorities warn of quake aftershocks

The last of more than 1,200 trekkers trapped on Indonesia's Mount Rinjani, due to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Lombok island at the weekend, have been evacuated, officials have said.

Another body was found yesterday, bringing the death toll from the quake to 17.

Speaking to reporters as the multi-agency rescue efforts wound down yesterday, provincial disaster mitigation agency chief Muhammad Rum warned of aftershocks from Sunday's earthquake.

"Aftershocks are still possible, but while their strength should not exceed 6.4-magnitude on the Richter scale, we ask members of the public to remain careful when in buildings with cracks," he said.

The earthquake, which struck the island in West Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday morning, has displaced 10,062 people, whose homes were damaged.

One of the two bodies recovered by rescuers yesterday was that of climber Muhammad Ainul Muksin, 26, who died in a landslide during the earthquake.

His body was not recovered earlier because the trail to his location had been closed as a precaution in the aftermath of the quake.

  • 17

  • Number who died in the earthquake, which struck Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday morning.

    10,062

    Number of people displaced from their damaged homes.

 
 
 

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said yesterday a rescue team had evacuated his body from the Pelawangan trail. The other victim has not been identified.

The body of Malaysian trekker Siti Nur Ismawida, 30, who died after she was buried under the rubble of the guest house she was staying in on Mount Rinjani, was flown home to Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening.

A joint evacuation team made up of 244 personnel from Indonesia's search and rescue agency Basarnas, the military, police, Mount Rinjani National Park Office, medics and volunteers has been working non-stop to evacuate the last of visitors to the mountain over the weekend.

"The number of visitors successfully evacuated between Sunday and Tuesday came up to as many as 1,226 people, comprising 696 foreigners and 530 citizens of Indonesia," said Dr Sutopo, adding that the Mount Rinjani National Park will remain closed until further notice.

State news agency Antara yesterday reported that a baby had been safely delivered at an emergency shelter in Sembalun district, two days after the earthquake, with four more women expected to give birth.

They could not be admitted to the local public clinic, known as Puskesmas, due to fears that the building may collapse from aftershocks.

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.

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Indonesia and the families affected by the disaster," said PM Lee in his letter.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult time, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia in whatever way we can."

Earlier in the week, Mr Joko visited the victims and those displaced by the quake, and said his government would help support recovery efforts, including giving aid to residents whose homes were destroyed.

Mr Rum said the local authorities are still assessing the full scale of the damage, but added that home owners whose houses are deemed "moderately to severely damaged" would receive 50 million rupiah (S$4,700) in government aid.

Those whose homes were "lightly damaged" will receive 10 million rupiah, with the funds expected to be disbursed within the next 50 days.



PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Bodies of two quake victims recovered from Lombok mountain

Rescuers descended Indonesia's Mount Rinjani yesterday with the bodies of two victims after landslides triggered by an earthquake stranded more than 1,200 trekkers on the mountain in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara province. The toll from the quake now stands at 17. Tonnes of rock and mud were dislodged on Mount Rinjani in the 6.4-magnitude temblor, which struck early on Sunday and was followed by scores of aftershocks, blocking the hiking routes that criss-cross the mountain. The last of the trapped trekkers have now been evacuated, officials said. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday wrote to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to offer his condolences, saying that he was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives, injuries and destruction.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2018, with the headline 'Last of hikers on Mt Rinjani rescued'. Print Edition | Subscribe