Lombok villagers face uncertain future

Many who rely on Mount Rinjani visitors set to lose income stream

(Top) Lombok residents displaced by Sunday's quake at an aid centre in Sembalun, where they are in good spirits despite the basic living conditions. (Above) A water point at the aid centre.
Lombok residents displaced by Sunday's quake at an aid centre in Sembalun, where they are in good spirits despite the basic living conditions.PHOTO: MEITA ANNISSA
(Top) Lombok residents displaced by Sunday's quake at an aid centre in Sembalun, where they are in good spirits despite the basic living conditions. (Above) A water point at the aid centre.
A water point at the aid centre.PHOTO: MEITA ANNISSA

Mountain guide Rizky is worried about finding work in the weeks ahead, after the local authorities in Lombok closed Mount Rinjani National Park indefinitely, following the 6.4-magnitude quake that struck the island on Sunday.

The 38-year-old made a living mainly by taking hikers and climbers up and down the trails.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Lombok villagers face uncertain future'. Subscribe