Indonesia earthquake deaths cross 130

Published: August 08, 2018 17:43:41 | Updated: August 09, 2018 11:15:40


Rescuer teams continue to search for victims in the collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, on Aug. 8, 2018. | Photo Credit: AP

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after a powerful earthquake that killed at least 131 people, while rescuers doubled down on efforts to find the dead.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands of people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on August 5. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks. The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island on August 8 morning.

The national disaster agency’s spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 131 from 105 announced on August 7.

Nearly 2,500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes, reports AP. 

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

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