The Jakarta Post
At least 140 Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) personnel have been flown from its headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, to Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, to take part in a rescue operation on Mount Rinjani, in which 500 hikers -- about one-third of whom are foreigners – became trapped after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake triggered a landslide.
The soldiers, who arrived at Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok on Monday afternoon, will join a search and rescue team on the ground.
“They will ascend [the mountain] from Sembalun in East Lombok regency to the location of the trapped hikers,” Wirabhakti Mataram Commander Col. Ahmad Ramdhani said on Monday in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara.
Rizal said the rescue operation could end on Tuesday.
“Assuming the weather is good, we may finish the operation by tomorrow afternoon,” he said.
The earthquake struck Lombok and Sumbawa islands on Sunday at 6:47 a.m. local time, killing at least 16, including a Malaysian. (swd)