Earthquake-hit Mount Rinjani in Lombok will be closed to hikers for a year: report, Southeast Asian news and top stories
Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani, the second tallest volcano in the world, will be closed to all climbing activities for a year following recent earthquakes on Lombok Island, according to a report on Saturday, September 8.
The Rinjani National Park official was quoted by Malaysian state news agency Bernama as saying it would take a year to repair the mountain’s hiking trails and routes, which are popular with tourists and locals alike. backpackers, including those from Singapore.
âMany climbing trails are cracked and very dangerous for climbers and it takes about a year for repair work to be done to allow mountaineering activities to continue,â said the official, identified by one name. Sudiyono, cited by Bernama.
Lombok was hit by two major earthquakes on July 29 and August 5 that left more than 400 dead and more than 1,000 injured. According to the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, more than 700 aftershocks have occurred in Lombok since August 5.
A Malaysian woman who hiked Mount Rinjani was killed in the July 29 earthquake, which also trapped hundreds of other hikers on the volcano, Bernama reported. The 41,330 ha national park has since been closed.