Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Lombok natural disaster death toll rises to 105 amid search for survivors

Lombok natural disaster death toll rises to 105 amid search for survivors

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Caruso said he expects more aftershocks from the magnitude-7 natural disaster, though those shocks will be of a lower intensity than the main quake.

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Reports said the 6.9-magnitude quake which struck the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok on Sunday killed almost 100 people and left at least 20 000 others homeless.

"They do not have a water supply and not enough food", Tasman told AFP, after visiting Karang Bajo village in the island's north. "Children are the most vulnerable".

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with much-needed food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks have now arrived in Lombok.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the north of the island. The numbers have increased as search and rescue crews reach areas isolated from the 6.9 magnitude quake, which struck off the waters of the northern part of Lombok island.

'Thousands more, tourists and hotel workers, are still in the process of being evacuated out of the three island, ' the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said in a statement on Monday evening.

More than 20,000 people are believed to have been made homeless by the latest quake, with 105 killed and 236 severely injured, officials said Tuesday.

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"We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque", Nugroho said Tuesday.

Thousands of tourists wait on a beach to be evacuated from the Indonesian island of Lombok after a huge quake.

Hundreds of tired tourists continued to arrive with their baggage at Bangsal harbour, the main link between Lombok and the Gilis, today.

"We're forced to deal with broken bones in the traditional way at home because the hospital had to deal with hundreds of other injuries", said Budhiawan, the village head.

Juanda said: "I stayed (inside) during the first shock but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out and I was already outside. when the mosque collapsed".

Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the 6.9-magnitude quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

Local authorities, worldwide NGOs and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which was hardest hit.

The country sits on the Ring of Fire, a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

A large number of foreign and local tourists are still waiting to be evacuated from popular tourist island Gili Trawangan Island in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and some are faced with dehydration.

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