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Jakarta Post

Mt Rinjani evacuation begins

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 31 2018   /  12:22 am

A joint search and rescue team has begun the evacuation process to lead hundreds of hikers, including more than 100 foreign nationals, to descend Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, safely after a powerful earthquake struck the island, triggering landslides on Sunday morning.

West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zainul Majdi has declared a state of emergency on the island until Aug. 2, following the earthquake, which killed at least 16 people.

More than 184 members of the joint rescue team, comprising personnel of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency as well as medics and volunteers, departed from Sembalun at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, focusing on two locations on Mt. Rinjani where most of the climbers were located: Sembalun trek KM 10 and the Batu Ceper area.

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