Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

  • Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

"There was about 20 seconds of shaking, the water in the pool was making quite large waves".

"On the way down there was another natural disaster and that made everyone panic - it was pretty scary".

Among the fatalities were two tourists: Siti Nur Ismawida, a 30-year-old Malaysian, and Muhammad Ainul Muksin, from Indonesia's Sulawesi island. "Some people were injured by rocks falling off the mountain".

"It looked like the mountain in front of me was going to collapse", another stranded Thai, Funknathee Prapasawat, said on Facebook.

Hikers were able to start climbing down on Monday after guides discovered an alternate route that was unaffected by the landslides.

"According to the info we received, there are roughly 400 hikers who are trapped on Rinjani", he said.

"We had to assess the current situation and what aid the victims really need".

There were 189 foreigners among the hikers rescued by a team involving civilians, soldiers and police, according to agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho.

I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for Mataram search and rescue agency, told AFP that they were all "tired but in good condition". At least 140 members of the Indonesian Special Forces were drafted in to help the operation while helicopters were scrambled to drop food for those stranded on the 3,726m volcano.

Thousands of homes were damaged, but the East Lombok district was particularly hard hit.Reports say more than a thousand homes in that area alone were mangled.

"689 people are still trapped on and around the 3,726 meter (12,224 ft) mountain following the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake that struck Sunday morning", CNN quoted National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as saying.

A Malaysian was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur said.

Hundreds of people in Lombok have been left homeless and are staying in temporary camps amid continuing aftershocks.

Hiking at Mount Rinjani had been suspended due to landslides but the Bali airport was operating normally, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta tweeted.