Indonesia natural disaster: Over 500 tourists rescued

Indonesia natural disaster: Over 500 tourists rescued

The natural disaster on Sunday morning killed 16 people, including an Indonesian student who was climbing the volcano.

A strong and shallow natural disaster early Sunday killed more than a dozen people on Indonesia's Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.

"There are still 560 people trapped".

Helicopters and rescue teams on foot have been deployed to scour the slopes of Mount Rinjani, which is crisscrossed with hiking routes popular with tourists.

Hikers were able to start descending the mountain Monday after guides discovered an alternate route that was unaffected by the landslides.

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

The Lombok quake struck at 6:47 a.m. (2247 GMT on Saturday) at a shallow depth of 4.35 miles (7 km) that amplified its effect.

Kathryn's aunt Victoria Toas said: 'They actually believed the volcano was erupting until they spoke to us and we told them it was an quake.

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Among the fatalities were two tourists: Siti Nur Ismawida, a 30-year-old Malaysian, and Muhammad Ainul Muksin, from Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Joko Widodo, the Indonesian President, visited Lombok on Monday morning to meet with various villages who have been impacted by the natural disaster.

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

A total of 5,141 people are staying in temporary shelters and in need of clean water, according to officials.

His body was not recovered earlier because the trail to his location had been closed as a precaution in the aftermath of the quake.

There have been more than 270 aftershocks after the initial powerful natural disaster.

Indonesia is no stranger to destructive earthquakes, sitting on the area of intense seismic and volcanic activity known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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