4-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia, killing at least 14

Hundreds of hikers still stranded after Lombok quake

More than 500 hikers and their guides remain stranded by landslides on an active volcano on Lombok, a day after a powerful natural disaster struck the Indonesian holiday island, a national park official said on Monday.

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

A total of 189 foreign tourists were among the hikers rescued by a joint-force of Indonesian special military force unit, police and rescuers, Sutopo said.

Thousands of homes have been damaged and hundreds have been left homeless as substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and neighbouring Bali island.

The spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, reported that around 689 people are still trapped on the volcanic mountain after having been caught in landslides on the slopes of Mount Rinjani caused by the deadly quake that struck Lombok Sunday morning.

Among the dead was a 30-year-old female Malaysian tourist, Antara said, who Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mourned in a statement Sunday.

Its hiking trails were closed following the quake due to fear of further landslides.

According to the agency, only 149 people are stuck on top of Mount Rinjani itself, while around 500 hikers are stranded in the Sembalun Village, which is located along the volcanic mountain's slope.

Some 160 people were injured as a result, said Mohammad Rum, head of West Nusa Tenggara disaster agency.

The International Federation for the Red Cross said 94 people sustained severe injuries. "Singapore stands ready to assist Indonesia in whatever way we can".

In Indonesia, more than 500 climbers that were blocked on the stratovolcano mount rinjani on the island Lombok, on Tuesday, July 31, evacuated.

Tonnes of rock and mud were dislodged on Mount Rinjani in the 6.4-magnitude quake, which struck early Sunday and was followed by scores of aftershocks, blocking the hiking routes that crisscross the mountain.

The search will be halted at sunset, search and rescue officials said.

Mr Songphol said Jakarta has assisted the stranded tourists, with Indonesian President Joko Widodo administering the mission himself.



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