Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Indonesian Quake Victims Shelter in Makeshift Tents; Tourists Evacuate

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Bennie Garza | 08 August, 2018, 17:27

Some 800 hikers were nearby when that quake struck and caused parts of a crater ledge and nearby plateau (holding several hikers and guides) at the summit of Mount Rinjani in Lombok to collapse into the volcano's mouth, according to news reports.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated.

It was a rare moment of joy since the natural disaster struck, killing at least 98 people, including two on nearby Bali Island.

"We've had a lot of really big quakes in that area", said Caruso, referring to the Indonesian region.

Meanwhile national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said three ships were used to transfer about 1,000 people from the islands to safety, local news site Detik News reported.

"We can help tourists to get to the airport but of course we can't buy them tickets for free", he said, adding that authorities were providing free accommodation, food and transport to those in need.

"We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby", he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters.

The worldwide charity Oxfam said drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

Michelle Thompson, an American holidaying on one of the Gilis, described a scramble to get on boats leaving for the main island during which her husband was injured.

"Without the businesses open and repaired there will be limited tourists therefore the impact on locals and the island itself is unthinkable".

David and Victoria Beckham are said to have been caught up in the recent Indonesia natural disaster.

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

The Straits Times saw an excavator digging through the rubble of the mosque as anxious villagers looked on, hoping that people were still alive under the ruins.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighborhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed.

"Teams are speaking of coming across ghost towns, villages that have essentially been abandoned", Matthew Cochrane of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Five Cape Town families are anxiously waiting on news from South Africans travelling in Indonesia after an quake hit Lombok.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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