Death toll from Lombok quake hits 131, with 156,000 homeless

Death toll from Lombok quake hits 131, with 156,000 homeless

Death toll from Lombok quake hits 131, with 156,000 homeless

Reports said the 6.9-magnitude quake which struck the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok on Sunday killed almost 100 people and left at least 20 000 others homeless.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands of people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening.

For many, food and water remains in short supply and people are afraid to return to their homes - that is if they are still standing.

Aid agencies such as Oxfam are providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin sheets to about 5000 survivors and there are fears the death toll could rise significantly as more bodies are uncovered in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

He told a news conference that reports of other deaths still needed to be verified.

"[But] nobody expected a stronger quake would occur in such a short amount of time", said Supardi, who said he was praying in the mosque when the tremor hit.

Authorities say more than 156,000 people have been displaced by the quake.

It's a much needed moment of respite for the family - Montgomery-Lay says they've been awake for nearly 60 hours since being evacuated from their hotel room Sunday night.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

By Monday morning, with electricity off and hotels and hostels damaged, thousands were desperate to leave.

The natural disaster was also felt in neighbouring Bali.

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Sarah and Adam, who are in their early 20s, had been staying on the Gili Islands before moving to Canggu in Bali - and it was there that they felt the earth tremble.

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley at the airport with his leg bandaged.

Disaster officials have not said how many people they believe are buried beneath the ruins of the mosque.

Hundreds of tourists and workers were still struggling to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged.

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

Camera IconA man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's quake in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. "We ran out into the street and a friend and I stood in the parking area hanging on to a parked auto which was also swaying severely", said retiree Deborah Storck, who was about to eat dinner at a restaurant on Lombok's west coast when the quake hit.

The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Around 200,000 people live in northern Lombok and the government estimates 20,000 people are in need of assistance, with around 80 percent of buildings destroyed.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating on Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

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