At least 142 dead after natural disaster strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

09 August, 2018, 09:26 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Crack in the ground and rescue workers

Sarah and Adam, who are in their early 20s, had been staying on the Gili Islands before moving to Canggu in Bali - and it was there that they felt the earth tremble.

The couple and their family, who have been spending time in the USA over the summer, were said to have landed in the popular tourist destination on Saturday, the day of the quake.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll from the magnitude-7 quake that struck the island on Sunday evening has risen from 91 to 98, including two deaths in Bali and 236 injured.

Power and communications were severed in some areas, with landslides and a collapsed bridge blocking access to areas around the epicenter in the north.

It's a much needed moment of respite for the family - Montgomery-Lay says they've been awake for nearly 60 hours since being evacuated from their hotel room Sunday night.

The number of people killed in the aftermath of a powerful natural disaster in Indonesia has risen to 131.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated. "It was just getting on a boat in the first place which was hard".

"I absolutely wouldn't change one single thing", she said.

"Hearing about lots of people dying because of this tragedy is very sad", Rankuti said. Many victims were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.

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Last week, 17 people were killed when a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit Lombok.

A boy with a heavily bandaged leg wailed in pain, an elderly man wore a splint improvised from strips of cardboard on a broken arm, and some hurt by falling debris still had dried blood on their faces.

A tsunami warning was issued but has since been lifted.

At least 98 people were killed and over 200 injured with thousands now homeless.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake measured magnitude 6-point-9.

The quake also affected parts of neighbouring Bali. Many got out but dozens were trapped, he said.

It had taken at least an hour to free her from underneath the wall, he said, with the help of relatives.

Personnel from Basarnas (Indonesia's search and rescue agency), the military and rescue teams from private mining companies operating in Indonesia are searching through the flattened remains of the Jami'ul Jama'ah mosque.

Global charity Oxfam said drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

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The United Nations has offered to support rescue and relief efforts if required.

"There are only a few tourists left here".

Lombok airport is packed with tourists trying to leave but locals must stay to pick up the pieces, bury the dead and rebuild their shattered lives.

"The building swayed back and forth quite violently", he said. "I could not stand up", said Gino Poggiali, a 43-year-old Frenchman, who was with his wife and two children at the airport.

He was hosting a welcoming dinner for his regional counterparts and their delegations from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Myanmar when the quake struck.

"This is it for me in Indonesia".

Montgomery-Lay said she and her family have travelled to more than 20 countries after her daughter, Logan Lay, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005, which she has been battling ever since.

The quake also affected tourists.

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