Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok


Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres, centred in the north-west of the island. A devastating natural disaster on Sunday killed hundreds, and a strong aftershock on Thursday caused panic among evacuees.

Meanwhile, the ministry issued a separate statement advising Korean people to refrain from traveling to Lombok.

But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: "Four days after the quake killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need".

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

According to authorities, more than 156,000 people have been displaced and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, BBC reports.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: "Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake".

Thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter in Lombok.

"She was praying when the quake happened", said her uncle Tarna, who gave a single name.

Sumiati, 27, was giving birth as the quake hit, and had to flee with her one day old baby to an evacuation spot.

Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

The majority of the people died in Kayangan, on the north side of the island, Antara reported. "Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

"We received information from our area team in West Nusa Tenggara that telecommunication access was down, while many people were still looking for their family members".

"We will distribute the one hundred devices to 48 sub-districts in Mataram City, and in the districts including North Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and East Lombok".

In Kopang Daya, injured villagers got their first proper treatment on Thursday after medics arrived with a portable X-ray and other supplies.