Thousands left homeless by deadly quake on Indonesian island

08 August, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • A man walks debris from destroyed houses in an area affected by an earthquake at Sajang village Sembalun East Lombok Indonesia Monday

Rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful natural disaster flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, authorities said today. "This is a report thus far, the number is possibly going to increase because we are still collecting data", said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a press conference, Jakarta, Monday, August 6.

Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton, in Lombok for a regional security meeting, said he and his delegation were dining in their hotel's 12th-floor restaurant when the quake struck, plunging the building into darkness and throwing people to the floor.

"It was quite impossible to stand up". "Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking". It came a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and briefly stranded hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano. Power went out for a while.

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Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

Travellers at the worldwide airports in Bali and Lombok were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings, but operations were not disrupted, officials said. The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildings.

"All the hotel guests were running, so I did too". "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".

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"People panicked and scattered on the streets, and buildings and houses that had been damaged by the previous natural disaster had become more damaged and collapsed", Nugroho said. This was followed by secondary quakes and more than 20 aftershocks.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded the death toll from Lombok quake on Sunday, August 5, the toll had increased to 91 people.

Sutopo said a lot of residents did not understand the level status of the tsunami warning issued by BMKG in the wake of Lombok quake thus they still stayed in the hills or higher places despite the warning issue was lifted since August 5.

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On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and locals spent the night on a hill fearing a tsunami, said British visitor Saffron Amis.

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