Team deployed to remove trekkers from Mt Rinjani amid volcanic activity
The Jakarta Post
West Nusa Tenggara authorities have deployed a team to help locate more than 100 foreign and domestic tourists trekking on Mount Rinjani in Lombok amid volcanic activity from Mount Barujari, the subvolcano of the famed mountain.
At least 132 tourists comprising 102 foreign and 30 domestic travelers are believed to be on trails at Mt. Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Muhammad Rum said on Wednesday. The BPBD has collaborated with Mt. Rinjani National Park in deploying a team to help transport tourists off the mountain.
"We have deployed a team to monitor their whereabouts," he said on Wednesday.
The tourists were recorded as passing through the Rinjani trekking entrance in Sembalun, East Lombok, between Sept. 25 and 27. Local officials predicted the tourists would still be on the trails as it takes around three days to complete a trek at Rinjani. There has not yet been any record of the tourists descending the mountain.
Mt. Barujari showed a decrease in volcanic activities as of Wednesday according to reports from the Rinjani volcanic observation post in Sembalun. Still, authorities urged people to stay alert.
Situated in the caldera of the better-known Mt. Rinjani, Mt. Barujari erupted on Tuesday afternoon, spewing volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the sky.
Meanwhile, spokesman for state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I at Lombok International Airport I Nyoman Siang said the volcanic activity had not yet caused disruptions to flights at the airport. It was still operating normally and would serve 39 domestic flights and three international flights on Wednesday, he said. (rin)
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