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Jakarta Post

Quake death toll climbs to 14, including Malaysian hiker

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Sun, July 29, 2018   /   06:12 pm
Quake death toll climbs to 14, including Malaysian hiker Survivors of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in East Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara get medical treatment outside the health center building on July 29 because they are still afraid of being inside a building. (Antara/Zakir )

The death toll in West Nusa Tenggara’s 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning has climbed to 14, including a Malaysian hiker who was about to climb Mount Rinjani.

East Lombok Police chief Adj. Sr Comr. Eka Fathur Rahman said 18 tourists from Malaysia were staying the night in Sembalun district in the regency. They had planned to climb Mt. Rinjani, Eka said.

Apart from the fatality, seven others in the party were injured while the remaining 10 were unharmed.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said Rinjani National Park management had instructed 826 people, foreigners and locals, to leave the mountain following the earthquake. As of Sunday afternoon the agency had evacuated 115 hikers from Mt. Rinjani.

The BNPB said at least 14 people were reported dead as of Sunday afternoon, with at least 162 injured and thousands of houses damaged.

The police said many patients in Sembalun were too fearful to be treated inside the damaged community health center (Puskesmas).

The head of Mataram Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Muhammad Rum, said his office had erected several emergency tents including a medical tent in front of Sembalun Puskesmas.