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Indonesia quake: 560 hikers descend volcano, 16 die

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck early on Sunday near Mount Rinjani on Lombok island, triggering landslides on the volcano that cut off escape routes.

Jakarta: At least 560 people who were trapped on an active volcano in Indonesia after a deadly earthquake killed 16 people were on Monday began descending to safety. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck early on Sunday near Mount Rinjani on Lombok island, triggering landslides on the volcano that cut off escape routes. More than 330 people were injured.

  • President Joko Widodo visited Lombok to meet the victims and oversee the provision of aid, including cash to help residents rebuild their homes.
  • Rescuers set off to help the trekkers and climbers who became stranded at two points on the peak. However, the exact number of people stuck on Rinjani was still unclear as there was a register of how many people ascended the volcano, but not how many came back.
  • Thousands of homes were damaged and hundreds were left homeless as substantial aftershocks rocked Lombok and Bali island. Over 5,000 villagers were left in camps and health centres.
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