Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits Lombok, no tsunami alert issued

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields
Ellis Copeland | 09 August, 2018, 19:41

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas before the aftershock.

The aftershock follows a series of quakes which have hit Indonesia over the past two weeks.

It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, Indonesia's geological agency said.

A total of 164 people were now confirmed dead in the quake, Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.

"Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake", a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

The death toll from the Lombok natural disaster has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

Rescue workers were still digging through rubble and trying to reach survivors of Sunday's quake.

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The Red Cross has said that incident, which killed at least 131 people, was "exceptionally destructive".

"Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

As the aid effort stepped up, volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake. Some villages have collapsed entirely. The footage shows a 20-second period between the initial and low-intensity shocks and stronger ones later on, which would be of vital importance for the worshippers if the building was to collapse.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

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