Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

Indonesia's Lombok hit by another strong quake

A strong aftershock struck Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating natural disaster killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier. A devastating quake on Sunday killed hundreds, and a strong aftershock on Thursday caused panic among evacuees.

"There's a massive rush of people wanting to get out of Lombok because of unfounded rumours, such as of a tsunami", said Muhammad Faozal, the head of the tourism agency in West Nusa Tenggara province.

There are fears that a humanitarian crisis is looming as thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

Lombok experienced another quake on Thursday, an aftershock of magnitude 5.9.

The natural disaster comes at a time when Indonesia is preparing to host the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

"The quake was felt strongly".

Authorities made announcements over loudspeakers at evacuation sites, urging people to remain calm and stay inside tents or find open space if they were inside or near buildings.

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Rescue workers are still digging through rubble and trying to get aid to survivors of the earlier, larger quake.

In Kopang Daya village in the hard-hit Tanjung district of north Lombok, a distraught family was burying their 13-year-old daughter who was struck by a collapsing wall and then trampled when Sunday's quake caused a stampede at her Islamic boarding school.

The number of people on Lombok said to be living under the poverty line is put at more than double the official 2017 national average of 10.12 per cent.

In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food.

"I do hope the government can help", she said. Crews using heavy equipment to search a collapsed mosque in northern Lombok found three bodies but also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage.

The death toll is estimated by some to have now topped 300.

Meanwhile, the disaster management agency said Tuesday all of the 2,000 tourists on the Gili Islands had now been evacuated. This data, Sutopo said, will be the official data and verification is important as the basis for disbursing public money for aid. Almost 75 per cent of residential structures have been destroyed in northern Lombok because of poor construction unable to withstand strong tremors, the agency said in a statement.

At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children. "I need diapers, I need milk".

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