Woman pulled alive from collapsed building 2 days after Lombok quake

09 August, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Carlos George
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The death toll from a powerful natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose to 105 on Tuesday as rescuers clawed through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques for survivors and evacuees faced another night in the open.

Thousands have been made homeless and more than 156,000 people were evacuated or placed in shelters, particularly from the north of the island near the epicentre of the quake, which struck when many people were in local mosques for evening prayers.

TANJUNG, Indonesia (UPDATED) - The death toll from a powerful quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, August 8, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel work on a collapsed mosque Monday in Pemenang, North Lombok.

The national disaster agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 131 from 105 announced Tuesday.

Despite it being a popular tourist destination, no foreigners were recorded among the dead, BNPB spokesman Mr Nugroho told a news conference.

Roads between villages such Kayangan and Gangga in the far north of the island were cracked wide open - in some places by more than a foot - bridges have suffered extensive damage, huge trees have been ripped out of the ground and evidence of landslides was frequent. "We hope the victims will have some help and relief over there right away".

Zulas Triani, a teacher who is sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small amount of water.

"There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated", he added.

He added that 80 per cent of buildings had been damaged or destroyed, with thousands displaced.

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Users took to Facebook to express concern for those affected by the quake, employing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which can mean safe or unhurt, but can also mean congratulations depending on the context".

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.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 quake struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometres about two kilometres east-southeast of Loloan.

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Twenty-three-year old local man Ghozali who lives in northern Lombok and works on the tourist island of Gili T, slept outside with his extended family on Monday night because of serious structural damage to his home.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for its pristine beaches and mountains.

The shocks Sunday followed a 6.4 -magnitude quake on July 29, leaving emergency crews to deal with the fallout of two massive disasters just seven days apart.

Lombok airport's general manager said airlines had laid on extra flights and his staff had been providing blankets and snacks.

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.

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