Friday, 17 August, 2018

Death toll in Indonesia quake rises to 164

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Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 09:24

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

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

He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

A clip showing an imam continuing to pray as a Bali mosque is rocked by the recent Indonesian quake has gone viral, with many praising the man for his steadfastness.

The national disaster agency said all those numbers were likely to increase, as more information comes in and more victims are found.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters.

The natural disaster, which struck on Sunday evening near the neighbouring island of Lombok, killed scores of people and injured many more.

An inter-agency meeting will be held Thursday to compare information, Mr Nugroho said.

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Almost 1,500 people are in hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

The quake killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

Muhammad Zainul Majdi, governor of the West Nusa Tenggara region which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit places.

Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque on Wednesday morning in Bangsal district in the north of the island.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying holiday islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. More than 120,000 Indonesians were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which led to a total death toll of 226,000 people in 13 countries.