Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed

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Gerardo Duncan | 11 August, 2018, 20:15

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.

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

Two deaths have been confirmed as the result of the latest tremor, after it brought down an elderly couple's home while they were still inside.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said on Saturday that 387 people died, jumping from the 321 it reported the previous day, as search and rescue teams continued to sift through the rubble and people already buried by relatives are accounted for.

According to Indonesia's national disaster agency, the death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 as of Wednesday, but local media are reporting figures as high as 381.

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

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. So far, the worst damage occurs in North Lombok with 78 death toll.

'She was praying when the natural disaster happened, ' said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

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

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

He also said they're continuing to look for people with untreated injuries.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless following Sunday's shake. Crews using heavy equipment to search a collapsed mosque in northern Lombok found three bodies but also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage. This data, Sutopo said, will be the official data and verification is important as the basis for disbursing public money for aid. "Children were running out from the building in panic and she was stepped on by her friends".

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. Doctors at another Lombok hospital had to amputate it. "Most of them do not want to stay indoors during treatment or after an operation".

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