1200 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands: disaster agency


Nugroho said up to 20,000 people may have been evacuated from their homes on Lombok and that paramedics, food and medication were badly needed.

Lombok was hit on July 29 by a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano. Here's what travellers need to know.

A powerful natural disaster struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen.

Not less than 17 people were reported dead due to the 6.4 magnitude quake leaving damaged buildings in hundreds of numbers besides triggering landslides that trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Mr Evans said he had heard there was a call-to-prayer during the natural disaster and that a local mosque had fallen down, causing "serious damage". In addition, the epicenter is very close to the northern area of the island.

A woman was pulled alive on Tuesday from under a grocery store that fell apart in the rural north of the tropical holiday island, near the epicenter of Sunday's quake.

At least 91 people were killed and neighbouring Bali was shaken in the tremor with the death toll is expected to rise.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from the quake on Lombok has risen to 91 and could rise further as rescuers still haven't reached some of the worst affected areas in the north of the island.

Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Mt Rinjani after the July 29 quake.

Debris is seen at a shop in Denpasar on Bali on Monday August 6 after it was damaged in an earthquake that struck Lombok the previous evening. The 6.9 magnitude tremor also triggered panic among tourists and locals on the neighbouring island of Bali. Pho
1200 tourists being evacuated from Indonesia quake islands: disaster agency

"New Zealand consular officials have been deployed to Bali to assist New Zealanders affected by the quake".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said New Zealand's Embassy in Jakarta was responding to the quake.

Tourists queue to depart from the Praya Lombok International Airport on the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 6, 2018, after an quake struck the island.

"My child was seriously injured in the head", said Khairul, the father of the victim.

In one of a series of tweets, Teigen wrote: "Another aftershock just now. probably the 8th one we have felt since the big one last night. we are safe, up high and nothing around us. thinking about everyone around us and in Lombok especially".

The quake, which came a week after another that killed a dozen people, triggered a brief tsunami warning and damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal, AP reports.

"As with any natural disaster we encourage our customers at the destination to exercise caution, listen carefully to and follow the direction of local authorities". Strong aftershocks also jolted the area.

"One Indonesian tourist died in Gili Meno, several were injured, mostly suffering from broken bones", rescue official Agus Hendra Sanjaya told AFP, referencing the middle island. Many buildings had been affected, debris is littering the streets and the power is out in many parts of the main city Mataram.

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