Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

1,291 tourists evacuated from Gili islets arrive in Bali

1,291 tourists evacuated from Gili islets arrive in Bali

Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

In the villages of northern Lombok, close to the epicentre of Sunday night's quake, it is clear the government has been slow to reach some of the hardest hit areas due to a lack of infrastructure. Here, near the quake's epicentre, streets have collapsed or are blocked by landslides.

From the ruins of a village mosque in north Lombok. success.

Michelle Thompson, an American holidaying on one of the Gilis, described a scramble to get on boats leaving for the main island during which her husband was injured.

It was also felt on the neighboring Gili Islands as well as Bali, Sumbawa and parts of East Java.

"I come here in the morning and go back to the relief camp at night", said Husni, another family member, as he watched the rescue effort.

"It's typical of natural disaster victims in Indonesia, they want to stay close to their livelihood, they can't bring their livestock to the shelters", Hadi said.

Fortunately, they now have shelter at their hotel and Montgomery-Lay said they feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the support they've already received. "Global Affairs Canada is in contact with Canadians in the affected area and stands ready to provide consular assistance as required", said Reid in an email. "We just want to get off Lombok". "But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

Rescuers on Tuesday resumed the desperate search for survivors‚ and to recover the bodies of victims in the rubble of houses‚ mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

Oxfam's local project manager in Lombok, Meili Narti, said there needed to better coordination of aid efforts between the government and the military. "I do hope the government can help".

The powerful quake killed at least 91 people and damaged thousands of buildings in Lombok.

The Indonesian Red Cross nevertheless reported that they had helped a woman give birth at a temporary healthcare station in the direct aftermath of the natural disaster.

"We don't have the luxury of going to the airport and waiting for hours on end", she said.

"People were climbing on top of each other because the plateau was just falling away", Mackenzie Irwin, who was at the summit during the quake event, told The Washington Post.

"We will tear down our houses, they are too damaged to fix, we will rebuild with plywood and timber, it is safer, cheaper and warmer".

His nephew, Ahmad "Adi" Munadi, 25, said he could no longer work at his coffee shop and his house, too, was now uninhabitable.

Sanisah and her extended family group of about 10 people had had three bags of rice to share that day.

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