1,091 climbers evacuated from Mount Rinjani

1,091 climbers evacuated from Mount Rinjani

A joint SAR team member evacuated the corpse of Mount Rinjani victims from Makassar, Muhammad Ainul Takzim, in Pelawangan Sembalun, Sembalun Sub-district, Selong, East Lombok, West Nusa Temggara, Tuesday (31/7/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Humas SAR Mataram/AS)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A joint search and rescue team has, as of Tuesday, evacuated a total of 1,091 climbers stranded on Mount Rinjani, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday.

"Since July 29 to 31, we have evacuated a total of 1,091 climbers. As many as 1,090 survived, and one was killed," a spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the press here on Tuesday.

Of the total hikers, 723 are foreigners and 368 are Indonesians, he elaborated.

The evacuation process involved 244 personnel, comprising of the military, police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), volunteers, and climbers.

"Today, six Indonesian climbers are still stranded in Lake Segara Anak. The joint evacuation team has started to move last night and found the six climbers," he added.

The body of Muhammad Ainul Takzim, a climber from Makassar who was killed in the incident, was evacuated in a helicopter.

The rescue team has also found six local residents in Susu Cave.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Lombok, Sumbawa, and Bali early on Sunday.

The earthquake has killed 17 people as of Tuesday and injured 401 others. As many as 10,062 people are sheltered in 13 locations.

The tremor has damaged 5,448 houses, 15 education facilities, 5 health facilities, 55 worship houses, 37 kiosks, and 1 bridge.

Reporting: Desi Purnamawati
Editing : Andi Abdussalam

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