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Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok

At least six British hikers are believed to have safely descended an Indonesian volcano after an natural disaster struck on Lombok island, killing 16 people and injuring more than 160.

Meanwhile, the husband of Malaysian hiker Siti Nur Iesmawida Ismail, who tragically died in the Lombok natural disaster, flew to Indonesia today. I felt paralysed and stopped moving. "What's happening?'" she said.

A male friend said he watched parts of Rinjani's slopes collapse.

The 216 Thais were among an estimated 560 stranded trekkers from countries including the United States, France, the Netherlands and Germany, search and rescue officials said.

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Lombok is east of Jakarta and Bali, and is one of the lesser known islands of Indonesia and earthquakes are common in the area.

The Foreign Office said all six Britons who registered to climb the volcano had confirmed to officials that they were now safely off the mountain. 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.

More than 800 climbers, mostly foreign tourists, were on the 12,000-foot mountain on Lombok Island at the time the 6.4-magnitude quake struck early Sunday, according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

A landslide triggered by the quake trapped a group of six at the crater lake of Indonesia's second-highest volcano, he added, with about 100 army, police and other rescuers working to get people down, while helicopters scoured for those still trapped. "They are all healthy and safe".

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

And more than 1,000 homes were damaged by the quake, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency.

I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for Mataram search and rescue agency, told AFP that they were all "tired but in good condition".

Hundreds managed to find a way down on Sunday and over 500 more reached safety Monday night.

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Villagers walk near destroyed homes in Lombok.


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