Death toll rises to 131 in Indonesian quake

08 August, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Sheila Harris
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"We are going to Singapore, we just want to get out of Indonesia to be honest", Todd said.

The relatively small Indonesian community in Edmonton, 825 people according to recent census data, has raised emergency funds for earthquakes in the past, Rendra said.

SENGGIGI, Indonesia Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents as authorities said rescuers hadn't yet reached all devastated areas and expect the toll of 98 dead to climb.

Foreign and domestic tourists fled after Sunday's natural disaster of magnitude 6.9 destroyed homes and displaced tens of thousands of people, adding to the havoc from an earlier quake on 29 July, although of smaller magnitude, at 6.4. A distraught Muhamad Juanda said on Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque".

From the ruins of a village mosque in north Lombok. success. "I stayed during the first shock, but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out", he said.

People sit underneath a tent at a makeshift evacuation centre set up on the compounds of a mosque in Mataram on West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an natural disaster.

Foreign tourists pull their suitcases as they walk past damaged buildings following a strong natural disaster in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia, Aug. 6, 2018. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The death toll from a powerful quake in the island of Lombok is now said to have reached at least 142, with about two hundred others injured.

"You're safe, mister", says one of the soldiers as emotion overcomes the man, clad in Islamic robes, and villagers crowd around him.

But the rescuers and heavy equipment were, "very much needed elsewhere, so we made a decision to shift the operation" to other locations, Mr Supartana said. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them. "Many of us screamed hysterically".

Visiting the island as a "bucket-list" trip for their daughter Logan, who has cancer, the family felt trapped in their hotel room as more than 130 aftershocks hit the island following the quake. Officials on the island, which is less developed than neighbouring Bali, said some districts saw more than half their homes either destroyed or severely damaged.

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Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

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"The efforts to evacuate people have been intensified, but there are still a lot of problems on the ground", Mr Sutopo said. Many were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.

There are fears the death toll will keep rising as rescuers step up the search of damaged or destroyed homes, schools and mosques.

TRT World's Aishe Jamal has more. The tsunami warning was eventually lifted.

"People were just throwing their suitcases on board and I had to struggle to get my husband on, because he was bleeding", she said.

Indonesian soldiers look for victims at a collapsed house in Lombok following the Indonesian quake.

There are 2,221 Canadians registrants overseas in Indonesia and 480 registered in Bali, said Elizabeth Reid, spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, was also on Lombok.

She added that following the quake, electricity was out and people screamed in panic.



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