In Indonesia called the new number of victims of the quake

Saul Bowman
August 11, 2018

Indonesian rescue workers and military personnel resumed their search for survivors and evacuated more victims on the tourist island of Lombok on Tuesday, two days after a major quake killed dozens, destroyed villages and stranded thousands.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said he hoped "a lot" of people can be saved from the mosque. Footage he posted on Twitter showed the large concrete mosque had pancaked.

Aid reached numerous survivors, but there was still a lack of food, water, and tents in areas hard to access.

Similar to the other tourists and locals, she was panicking after the quake devastated the island of Lombok on Sunday.

The death toll has risen to 98 as rescuers continue to search for people among the rubble. "All victims who died are Indonesians". Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks. Some tourists chose to stay behind.

Hundreds crowded onto its powder-white beaches on Monday, desperately awaiting transport off the normally paradise destination.

"The scale of this quake is massive for us here in West Nusa Tenggara, this is our first experience".

Margret Helgadottir, a holidaymaker from Iceland, described people screaming as the roof of her hotel on one of the islands collapsed. "We saw everybody leaving in boats but no boat came to us", he told AFP. "Everything went black, it was awful".


So far, up to 2,700 tourists have been moved from the Gili Island.

David Beckham and his family were present during an quake in Bali, where at least 142 people were killed on Sunday evening.

The shallow tremor sent thousands of residents and tourists scrambling outdoors, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude rattled the island.

Lombok island is just east of Bali island and less developed.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile".

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who was in Lombok for a counterterrorism meeting, told Sydney radio station 2GB that he was "shaken" and "very lucky" to escape.

"Walls cracked, it was quite impossible to stand up", he said.

He said major building collapses had also taken place at a "health clinic, government offices and other public facilities".

Indonesia is situated within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for heavy seismic and volcanic activity, which cause about 7,000 tremors a year, mostly of moderate intensity. The 6.9-magnitude natural disaster triggered massive landslides from the nearby 12,224-foot Mount Rinjani.

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