Monday, 20 August, 2018

Death toll after Lombok natural disaster rises to 259

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for earthquake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram Lombok Indonesia Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for earthquake victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram Lombok Indonesia
Melinda Barton | 10 August, 2018, 04:12

The footage of the prayer led by Imam Arafat at the Musholla As-Syuhada Mosque was being broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday night when a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hit the neighboring Lombok Island.

Nyoman Sidekarya, chief of the provincial search and rescue agency that covers Lombok, told The Associated Press that the death toll from Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake is now 227.

Kan Hyeong-woo has the latest.

The powerful natural disaster struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing a number of people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities on Monday said thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll could climb.

Detik.com reported Thursday the magnitude-6.9 quake that occurred Sunday has resulted in the deaths of 281 people, and 1,033 injured, citing government sources in West Nusa Tenggara, a province of Indonesia.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami", Red Cross representative Husni Husni said.

The Indonesian Red Cross is focusing relief efforts on the northern areas of Lombok where aid has not yet reached.

The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last quake happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.

Lombok was hit by another quake on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

Indonesia's top security minister says the death toll from the natural disaster on Sunday has risen to 319, according to The Associated Press.

Lombok was hit a week earlier by a 6.4 quake that killed 16 people.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he added, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75% of homes were damaged.

He says, "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he said.

Lying on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin, Indonesia is a hotspot for earthquakes.