Indonesia quake: Lombok rocked by third tremor in a week

09 August, 2018, 21:40 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Dozens killed in Indonesia earthquake

The Indonesian Red Cross is focusing relief efforts on the northern areas of Lombok where aid has not yet reached.

It said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude quake struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west.

Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of last Sunday's quake in the north of the island said people ran out onto roads in panic and some buildings collapsed.

The death toll of Sunday's quake now stands at 319 but is likely to rise, according to Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

The national disaster agency said there are still some evacuees that have not yet received aid, especially in the north and west of the island.

Rescuers search Karang Pangsor mosque after the quake last weekend.

Authorities have said the death toll, 105 as of Tuesday evening, would increase as the search effort continues.


"She was praying when the natural disaster happened", said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends", he said.

The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 131 people were killed in Sunday's quake, but other agencies say the death toll has risen to more than 300.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the island's main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.

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