After Devastating Sunday, 5.9-Magnitude Quake Jolts Indonesia's Lombok

09 August, 2018, 21:41 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Gili islands The three tiny islands are located just off the coast of Lombok

A 7.0 magnitude natural disaster off the Indonesian island of Lombok killed at least 142 people and injured hundreds more on Sunday, August 5.

A man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's natural disaster in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia.

A humanitarian crisis is looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean, water, food, medicine and shelter.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said people ran onto roads in panic and buildings were damaged, causing more "trauma" for people on the island.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the latest quake at 5.9, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating quake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.

Speaking to The Washington Post by phone en route to a badly-damaged village, he said nearly 80 percent of the buildings and structures, including homes, schools and community facilities, have been destroyed in that area.

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He said his agency is "still verifying the correctness of the data".

Meanwhile the death toll from the powerful quake continues to rise, with 347 people now reported dead, according to CNN.

Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

Displaced residents living in shelters rushed out of their temporary homes, fearing more destruction to structures already weakened from the previous two quakes. Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

The island is a popular holiday spot and thousands of tourists have now left.

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