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Hundreds of hikers trapped on the Indonesian volcano after the earthquake



A rescue operation is currently underway for tourists caught in landslides at Rinjani volcano, a popular Lombok volcano for hikers. According to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho there were an estimated 820 people on the 3,726 meter high mountain when the flat 6.4 earthquake struck Sunday morning. On Sunday he was already evacuated, Sutopo said on Twitter, a spokesman for the Rinjani National Park said there were 109 more 2:00 pm local time (3:00 am ET) Monday afternoon. It remains unclear how many others were left or where exactly they were.

Videos leaked to CNN by a Trekmania trekking trek in Thailand during the Rinjani earthquake show huge dust clouds covering the mountain slopes through landslides.

According to a statement from Rinjani National Park, more than 300 foreign tourists were originally among the hikers included.

A rescue team of 184 people set out Monday morning to evacuate the wanderers including special military, police and medical teams.

  Indonesian soldiers and rescue team prepare for the evacuation of tourists from Mount Rinjani, seen in the background, in Sembalun in East Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, July 30.

So far, 14 people across the island have been declared dead after the earthquake, while anot their 162 were reported injured according to the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency.

Pictures of the scene of the accident showed locals picking through the rubble of their collapsed houses, and the injured were hastily salvaged into makeshift emergency shelters.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo flew to the island on Monday to meet with communities affected by the earthquake as aid was distributed to the island.
Among those killed was a 30-year-old Malaysian tourist, Antara said. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mourned her loss in a statement on Sunday
  Villagers go through a house damaged after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 29 in Lombok.

More than 100 aftershocks

Indonesia is not a devastating earthquake that sits in the area of ​​intense seismic and volcanic activity known as the Pacific Ring of Fire

The 40,000 kilometer (25,000 mile) area extends from Japan and Indonesia on one side of the Pacific to California on the other.

  Earthquake kills 14 on the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia

According to Antara, there were more than 120 aftershocks in the countries Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) from Sunday afternoon

Jean Paul Volchaert, who owns the Puncak Hotel on Lombok, told CNN that the area "receives small earthquakes every month", but on Sunday the trembling occurred worst.

"We were still sleeping when we felt the earthquake, so we hurried out of our building, there was about 20 seconds of shaking, the water in the pool was making quite big waves," he said.

Wolchaert said that while there was little damage in his building or in his neighborhood, reports of severe damage came to the north of the island.

"After the first earthquake, we felt aftershocks for two hours, so we feared that more damage could be done."

Help for Lombok

The Indonesian Red Crescent said that as part of its first response to the Lombok earthquake, it sent hundreds of tarpaulins, blankets, and hygiene kits to affected areas.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government has been working to deliver mineral water, tents and food to those affected. According to Antara

President Widodo flew to Lombok on Monday morning to investigate the damage and relief efforts after the disaster.

"The President will meet with the people affected by the disaster handed the help," said government official Bey Machmudin on Monday morning opposite Antara.

Deputy Head of Mission Zamshari Sahaharan from the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta said they encouraged all Malaysians who know tourists on Lombok to contact consular officials. The Malaysian government was ready to provide further assistance to its Indonesian counterparts as needed.

CNN's Mitchell McCluskey, Susannah Cullinane, Grace Ow and Cat Wang have contributed to this article.


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