Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Lombok hit by another strong quake

Lombok hit by another strong quake

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for natural disaster victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

A 5.9-magnitude quake aftershock struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of Lombok Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among the wreckage from Sunday's quake.

The latest tremor, the third in over a week, had a magnitude of 6.2, according to Indonesia's geological agency.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

There are fears that a humanitarian crisis is looming as thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

The damage from the three consecutive quakes is apparently severe, with nearly 15-hundred injured and more than 150-thousand displaced.

THE Indonesian island of Lombok was rattled by another powerful natural disaster, making it the third big quake to hit the island in just over a week.

People ran into the streets and buildings were damaged.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

Many Indonesian speakers took to Facebook either to tell friends and family that they were safe or to enquire about others.

Wiranto said the government will develop a plan to rebuild communities on Lombok, which like its more famous neighbour Bali is a popular tourist destination with powder-white beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of the mosque, reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself.

The quake caused some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and Indonesia's meteorology agency.

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the natural disaster killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need". Tens of thousands are now sleeping out in the open or in the ruins of their homes.

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