Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated soon after dozens die on Indonesia island
Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok right after a potent 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left practically one hundred men and women dead.
Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror, with thousands of buildings damaged, and energy and communication lines reduce.
Boats have been sent to evacuate a lot more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands.
Help agencies stated the priority was to offer shelter for residents also scared to return to their homes.
The agencies mentioned the impact was far larger than one more quake that hit Lombok last week, killing 16 people.
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President Joko Widodo urged the speedy evacuation of casualties, calling for much more flights to be sent to the impacted places.
What is the newest on Lombok?
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, said that the northern area of Lombok had suffered massive damage.
3 C-130 Hercules aircraft and two helicopters have been deployed to deliver tents and medical help, but the earthquake has brought down roads and bridges, creating locations hard to reach.
Electricity supply in the worst-impacted regions has been reduce off and telecommunication networks are not operating.
The death toll stands at 98, all Indonesians, but Mr Sutopo mentioned that quantity would “definitely boost”. At least yet another 236 folks have been injured.
He pointed to the situation at a collapsed mosque in the village of Lading-Lading in north Lombok, exactly where a lack of heavy lifting gear had created it tough to locate victims.
A single official said 80% of north Lombok had suffered harm.
The major city of Mataram was also badly affected, with healthcare staff struggling to cope with the injured at the broken hospitals.
What about the Gili islands?
Situated off the north-west of Lombok and well-liked with backpackers and divers, they have been badly hit, with a number of hotels damaged.
Video and nonetheless photos showed hundreds of tourists flocking to the beach to be evacuated.
There have been reports of deaths on the islands but these have not been confirmed.
Hundreds of tourists have been taken off by boat, but hundreds nonetheless remain.
“We can’t evacuate all of them all at as soon as because we never have adequate capacity on the boats,” Muhammad Faozal, of West Nusa Tenggara’s tourism agency, told AFP.
“It’s understandable they want to leave the Gilis, they are panicking.”
What have victims and witnesses been saying?
Helen Milne told the BBC that her daughter, Laura, from Oxfordshire in the UK, is on the island of Gili Trawangan.
She mentioned: “They are stuck on the island and are reporting rioting, fighting, and men and women can not get on boats. There is no water, no food, the shops have been ransacked. It really is a quickly deteriorating circumstance out there for them.”
Another Briton on Gili Trawangan, James Kelsall, told the Press Association the subsequent tsunami warning was the most terrifying part.
“All the locals have been frantically operating and screaming, putting on life jackets. We followed them up to higher ground, which was a steep, uneven climb to the prime of a hill in darkness.”
The tsunami warning was lifted following a couple of hours.
Margret Helgadottir, from Iceland, told Agence France-Presse individuals screamed as the roof of her hotel on Gili Air collapsed.
“We just froze, thankfully we were outside. Almost everything went black, it was terrible.”
Phillipa Hodge told the BBC she was consuming at the Katamaran Hotel Sengiggi just north of Mataram, with close friends.
“The lights went out… that is when it became chaotic. People have been falling over each and every other attempting to get out, and glass was shattering. We felt debris fall on to us.
“I could not see my partner and I was shouting his name. Finally we located each and every other and he had blood all more than his face and shirt.”
And the help agencies?
Dini Widiastuti, executive director of Program International Indonesia, told the BBC that the leading priority was to give shelter.
“Thousands of folks, which includes young children, are nevertheless just out in the fields, not appropriately protected. The effect is extremely widespread in Lombok and actually this is bigger than the very first earthquake final week, so it is hard.”
Meili Narti, from Oxfam, mentioned the government was trying to set up centres to which individuals could safely evacuate, but colleagues were saying some men and women did not have sufficient food, water or shelter.
What about Bali?
At least a single death has been reported unofficially but it has not been confirmed.
The airport has suffered some harm but is operating.
The quake was felt for numerous seconds. One particular worker in Denpasar described the scene to the BBC.
“They were initially just tiny shocks but then they began to get bigger and bigger and men and women started to shout ‘earthquake’, then all the employees panicked and rushed out of the creating,” he mentioned.
Model and presenter Chrissy Teigen, who is on holiday in Bali, described 15 seconds of a tremor, followed by “so a lot of aftershocks”.
Gary Barlow, ideal recognized as lead singer of Take That, said he had been in seven quakes and this was the worst:
What are the quake information?
The earthquake was of magnitude six.9, according to the US Geological Survey.
It struck at 19:46 local time (11:46 GMT) on Sunday at a relatively shallow depth of 31km (19 miles).
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There have been more than 130 aftershocks because the quake hit.
Lombok is a roughly four,500 sq km (1,700 sq miles) island east of the slightly larger island of Bali.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to the fact it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.
More than half of the world’s active volcanoes above sea level are element of the ring.
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Published at Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:13:27 +0000