Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said "at this stage" it was aware of five South Africans that were in the affected area during the natural disaster. He said the death toll is still expected to increase. An interagency meeting will be held Friday to compare information, Nugroho said.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

The quake killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty.

"I don't know how to rebuild on my own".

"There has been no help at all here", said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.


The quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, which was rocked by another deadly quake last month that killed 17 people, with thousands of victims of Sunday's disaster in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter, aid agencies say.

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. "Then finally you see on Facebook that they are ok - and then you see balloons", she said.

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising 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.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER