Another quake rocks Lombok; Death toll at 259

11 August, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

A strong natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude quake just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

Restaurant and hotel owners, as well as the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies, told Reuters that tour cancellations had surged in what is usually one of the busiest months of the year.

TRT World spoke to Jack Hewson who is following the updates from capital, Jakarta. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on traffic jammed roads while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great".

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami".

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BNPB's official death toll from Sunday's quake stood at 131 on Wednesday, although some Indonesian officials put the number at 347.

The death toll is estimated by some to have now topped 300. "We saw everybody leaving in boats but no boat came to us", he said.

The aid will be delivered through local Red Cross authorities, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The evacuation of those missing be prioritized", President Jokowi said, while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on handling the Lombok natural disaster, at the presidential office here, Friday.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay covered in a white cloth.

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At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children.

After the 6.9 magnitude natural disaster in Lombok, Facebook users wrote "I hope people will survive".

The Sunday quake occurred a week after another 6.4-magnitude tremor struck Lombok and left 16 people dead, 355 injured and 1,500 buildings destroyed.

Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

He said they had later found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises.

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"We received information from our area team in West Nusa Tenggara that telecommunication access was down, while many people were still looking for their family members".

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