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

New quake strikes Lombok island

New quake strikes Lombok island

The powerful 6.9-magnitude quake that struck the island of Lombok has left more than 130 people dead and displaced thousands.

Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

According to authorities, more than 156,000 people have been displaced and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, BBC reports.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

And in late July, another 6.4-magnitude natural disaster in Lombok killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses. He told the Jakarta Globe that "residents panicked and ran from their shelters" and "several buildings were further damaged".

The US Geological survey reported a 5.2-magnitude quake just off the coast of Lombok between the tourist town of Senggigi and the Gili Islands on Monday at 11.50pm.

The national disaster agency stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday's quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.

People in Bali, an island 93 miles from Lombok, also reported feeling the quake.

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. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, the governor of West Nusa Tenggara province, said there was a critical need for medical staff, food and medicine, according to Ireland's RTE.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", said Indonesian Red Cross spokesman Arifin Hadi.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

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