Over 500 tourists rescued following Indonesian earthquakeStaff Writer | July 31, 2018
At least 543 tourists have been rescued from a mountain in tourist destination of Lombok Island of central Indonesia after a strong quake cut off routes.
Asia Indonesia is prone to earthquake
A total of 189 foreign holidaymakers are among the hikers rescued by a joint-force of Indonesian special military force unit, police and rescuers, Sutopo said.
"All of them were rescued safely and are in a good health condition," he told Xinhua.
Currently, the rescuers have been evacuating 10 other climbers after finding them earlier on Tuesday, said Sutopo.
The spokesman revealed that a total of 1,090 hikers, including 723 foreign climbers, who had been stuck on the mountain after the quake, have headed down the flank of the volcano since Sunday, when the quake took place.
The tourists are from countries including China, the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, he said.
Mount Rinjani volcano, a popular tourist destination, draws hundreds of thousands of climbers every year, according to the government data.
Indonesia is prone to earthquake as it lies on vulnerable quake-affected areas called the Pacific Ring of Fire. ■