Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

10 August, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A tourist tries to flag down a car near buildings damaged by Sunday's strong earthquake

It is the third quake to hit the island in under two weeks.

An interagency meeting will be held Thursday to compare information, Nugroho said.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless on the island.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

Officials said the epicenter of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

Another natural disaster has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok as the community battles to recover from Sunday's quake.

Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said. "We could see cars shaking back and forth on the street".

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Twenty-four people were injured by falling debris in the tremor, Nugroho said.


Houses damaged by an quake are seen in North Lombok, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

Many farmers were reluctant to move far from their damaged homes and leave precious livestock behind, he added.

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

"Access is tough, because the natural disaster [on Sunday] was so strong and paralyzed a lot of buildings", said Husni, a spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.

"Today, we managed to find one dead victim buried under the rubble of a building in Sigar Penjalin village".

The latest quake, which is understood to have struck 20 minutes before the building fell to the ground, claimed at least six fresh casualties and sent the death toll to more than 320.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated.

Thousands of tourists have also left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

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