4 magnitude natural disaster in Indonesia kills at least 10

Leroy Wright
August 6, 2018

"At the moment both domestic and worldwide tourists are on their way down", I Gusti Lanang Wiswananda, a spokesman for West Nusa Tenggara search and rescue, told AFP. Rescuers were evacuating more than 800 tourists from the mountain.

The wreckage of a shop which was destroyed after an quake.

At the holiday island's hotels, tourists raced outside as the quake struck.

Helicopters were now searching for those left stranded. Officials said 280 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

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"Rinjani mountain climbing is closed temporarily because there are indication of landslide around the mountain", Nugroho, said in a statement.

"We have sent assistance, including a field hospital equipped with 80 medical workers, to two different areas", TNI Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in Jakarta on Monday.

Thai national Thanapon Worawutchainan, who was at the summit when the quake occurred, posted a video on Facebook showing people stumbling down the slopes in the aftermath.

Pictures from the scene of the disaster showed locals picking through the rubble of their collapsed homes, and the injured hastily bundled into makeshift emergency shelters.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are trying to determine how many people are missing.

Tsunami warning after 7.0 natural disaster strikes near Indonesia's Bali
The quake felt in parts of neighbouring island Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The natural disaster struck off the north coast of Indonesia's island of Lombok, the US Geological Survey said.

The Indonesian government has declared a three-day state of emergency in Lombok, a popular tourist island near Bali, after it was hit yesterday by an quake that killed at least 14 people.

The natural disaster affected the three districts of North Lombok, East Lombok and West Lombok, with ten casualties reported to date and dozens others injured, damaging many buildings and homes (assessment is underway and fixed figures to be shared soon).

There were reports it was also felt in Bali - 60 miles (100km) away - but there were no reports of damage there.

"The people in the villages may have damages".

Many people were hurt after being hit by falling debris from damaged buildings.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Embassy officials are in close contact with Indonesian authorities about the search and rescue operation on Mount Rinjani".

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said the main focus now is "evacuation and rescue". "They have to stay near the lake", he said.

"We hope that aid will arrive quickly - there are only instant noodles here", Pebolaisia, 30, told AFP.

He added that the TNI also helped affected children recover from trauma. "Many people are sleeping outside".

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