More than 70,000 homeless after deadly Lombok quake

09 August, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Crack in the ground and rescue workers

Rescuers used heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors after a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed at least 98 people on Indonesia's resort island of Lombok.

Volunteers and rescue workers were putting up more temporary shelters on Wednesday for the tens of thousands of people left homeless by the magnitude-6.9 quake on Sunday evening.

A young woman has been pulled from rubble as rescuers in Lombok in Indonesia continue to search for survivors following a devastating quake.

Thousands of tourists wait on a beach to be evacuated from the Indonesian island of Lombok after a huge quake. Sutopo said the figure would rise still further.

Separately, the local village head, Budhiawan, said about 30 people were trapped based on unclaimed belongings outside the mosque.

Video shot by a soldier showed rescuers shouting, "Thank God" as the man was recued and then staggered away from the ruins supported by soldiers.

On July 29th there was a 6-point-4 magnitude quake that left at least 17 people dead.

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Even once they were allowed back, a series of sometimes substantial aftershocks has made it hard to find any rest.

Caruso said he expects more aftershocks from the magnitude-7 natural disaster, though those shocks will be of a lower intensity than the main quake.

"We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque", Nugroho said Tuesday.

A woman with a broken leg was among the people rescued from a mosque, said villager Supri Yono.

"Before the quake we employed 240 staff: that's 240 families who depend on the business of the hotel to actually live", said Stephane Servin, owner of The Santosa Villas and Resort in the beachfront district of Senggigi, who will have to close for around eight months to rebuild.

Sarah said: "The whole room started to move, we got out as fast as possible and were outside with everyone staying the in place we were".

A distraught Muhamad Juanda said 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". "People think of Bali as bearing the brunt of that impact, but it was much more far-reaching on Lombok, particularly in more remote areas".

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"Our hearts are with all the people over there and family who have lost or have people hurt".

His wife Maude, 44, said the family was on Bali for the first quake and Lombok for the second.

The disaster may be a jolt to those ambitions, but officials say they are not anxious.

"Moreover, all shops and stalls there are closed, making the economy totally crippled."

Emergency personnel raced to evacuate thousands of tourists from the three small Gili Islands after the quake struck.

The islets are renowned for their crystal clear waters that draw snorkelers and divers from all over the world.

Tourists lined up on the small beaches Monday waiting for the boats that would take them to the larger Lombok Island.

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Another northern Lombok local, Sanisah, nursed her two-month-old baby girl Zilla Fithri while her husband and two other children slept on a tarpaulin in the open air.



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