At least 543 rescued from Indonesian volcano after quake
Aug 09 2018
Some 189 foreign tourists, 173 domestic tourists and 181 porters and guides reached the base of the mountain last night, Mr. Sutopo said.
Tour guides told the women, both 21, to run to the centre of the volcano and shelter behind a rock as boulders flew past them.
The two women ended up stuck on the mountain overnight, unable to get down the mountain until yesterday, as numerous trails and bridges had been destroyed.
"For supplies, they can still survive for another one to two days", Agus Hendra Sanjaya, spokesman for Mataram's search and rescue agency, said.
'They were absolutely terrified.
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.
Another six climbers and the body of one Indonesian hiker were found on the mountain early Tuesday, with retrieval efforts continuing, Nugroho said.
Hiking at Mount Rinjani had been suspended due to landslides but the Bali airport was operating normally, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta tweeted.
Officials said the death toll from Sunday's quake, which was centred on the northern part of Lombok, but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west, stood at 16.
The initial tremor was followed by two strong secondary quakes and more than 100 aftershocks.
Joko Widodo, the Indonesian President, visited Lombok on Monday morning to meet with various villages who have been impacted by the natural disaster.
Challenging conditions, including more than 120 powerful aftershocks, meant numerous hikers were unlikely to reach the bottom...
A Malaysian tourist was among the dead, with another six citizens injured, the foreign ministry in Kuala Lumpur has said.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the government would give each family whose home was destroyed 50 million rupiah ($3,500) to rebuild.
"We also need milk for the children, diapers, there are also no blankets".
The islands are part of an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity of 25,000 square miles called the Pacific Ring of Fire. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake near Sumatra prompted a tsunami and led to more than 230,000 deaths.