Friday, 14 December, 2018

Lombok quake: Powerful tremors rock Indonesia days after 347 die

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia earthquake – report Policemen stand by as rescuers search for survivors at a mosque in Lombok Island Indonesia
Kenny Thornton | 11 August, 2018, 17:42

On Thursday, a third strong quake in two weeks' time hit Lombok, a popular tourist destination.

Another major natural disaster hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake on Sunday evening killed more than 300 people.

Nugroho says the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue crews reach more affected areas and begin to search the rubble for more victims.

It could also be felt on Bali, another popular resort island in Indonesia to Lombok's west.

The death toll following the quake on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday is now at 227, according to the chief of the provincial search and rescue agency.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic and damage.

A video posted on Twitter by Indonesia's national disaster agency showed that today's quake caused more buildings and power lines to collapse. It struck at a depth of 10km (6 miles).

A further 1447 have been injured and 165,003 displaced.

Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India
It has also been reported that the intensity of the flow of water into the dam has also reduced on Saturday morning. As many as 24 reservoirs across the state have been opened because of the heavy downpours and rising water levels.

Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management, or BNPB, has stated the official count is 131 deaths, far below the reported estimate.

Nearly 390,000 people, about 10 per cent of Lombok's population, are homeless or displaced after the quake, which damaged and destroyed about 68,000 homes.

Rescue workers struggling to remove concrete slabs, rubble and debris with little mechanised equipment are reporting "the smell of death" emanating from beneath some collapsed buildings, as survivors and local authorities also attempt to bury the dead accordance with Islamic custom; within 24-hours of death.

The death toll from the Lombok quake has risen dramatically to 347, the government-run news agency Antara has said.

Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

Motorcycles parked on the street were seen toppled over, while the walls of other nearby buildings collapsed.

Net1 Indonesia also encourages Sentra Net1 which spreaded across Bali and Lombok Island to play an active role in providing technical fix if there are customers' devices damaged because of quake.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

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