Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Strong aftershock hits Indonesian island of Lombok

Strong aftershock hits Indonesian island of Lombok

Another major natural disaster hit the tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia, days after a massive magnitude-6.9 quake on Sunday evening killed more than 300 people.

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Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday's quake.

Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island. It struck northwest of Lombok, which is close to Bali, but the agency said it would not cause a tsunami. After the 6.9 magnitude quake in Lombok, Facebook users wrote "I hope people will survive".

A witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

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Reporting from Lombok, 7 News Melbourne's Joey Catanzaro said carparks have been turned in emergency rooms as hospitals continue to be flooded with injured people. That number is set to rise as more victims are found in the rubble and pulled from collapsed buildings.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights provided by airlines and others on ferries to the neighbouring island of Bali.

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, the governor of West Nusa Tenggara province, said there was a critical need for medical staff, food and medicine, according to Ireland's RTE. "He asked me for help, but I couldn't help him, we just ran to help ourselves", Johriah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP tearfully. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. More than 1,000 schools have been damaged, the organization said. "I know stay in the evacuation spot", she said.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.

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