Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly natural disaster

Lester Mason
August 10, 2018

The deadly 6.9-magnitude quake hit the Indonesian island on Sunday night, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

The US Geological Survey said the quake, felt on the nearby holiday island of Bali, measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. Aid workers have found some hamlets hard to reach because bridges and roads were torn up by the disaster.

The latest quake, which is understood to have struck 20 minutes before the building fell to the ground, claimed at least six fresh casualties and sent the death toll to more than 320.

Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island.

Journalists reporting on the aftermath of the fatal quake saw people running into the streets in panic.

It's the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

"Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter.

However, he has also said several times that the number of deaths would increase.


"Today, we managed to find one dead victim buried under the rubble of a building in Sigar Penjalin village".

Tourists had evacuated or left the country themselves following Sunday's quake.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP.

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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