Indonesia natural disaster: Over 700 trekkers, stuck at Mount Rinjani, begin descend

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On their way there they encountered scenes of devastation and had to cross a damaged bridge

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Jul 31) offered his condolences to Indonesia after a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit the island of Lombok last Sunday.

Hundreds of hikers including British tourists have been evacuated from an Indonesian volcano after landslides left them trapped on the mountain.

Arifianto, who uses one name, said rescuers will escort trekkers down the mountain.

We will remind, on July 29 to the Indonesian resort island Lombok natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.4.

"We did not detect any potential for a tsunami but the quake lasted quite a while in all regencies and municipalities in West Nusa Tenggara province, spreading panic among the people", BMKG Mataram head Agus Riyanto said in a report by the Jakarta Post.

Officials said on Monday that they would continue to monitor the search and rescue operation on Mount Rinjani amid reports that there are more than 500 tourists trapped on the mountain.

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At least 16 people were killed by falling debris and more than 350 were injured, a lot of them seriously, after Sunday's magnitude 6.4 Quake, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

As more than 100 aftershocks continued to rock the popular tourist destination, falling debris caused several fatalities, while landslides blocked the paths down Mount Rinjani.

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

Thousands of buildings were destroyed across Lombok, including a health clinic.

Among the dead are one Malaysian, with six injured, the Malaysian foreign ministry said.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake near Sumatra prompted a tsunami and led to more than 230,000 deaths.

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