Putin offers condolences to Indonesian president after deadly quake

Howard TerryAug 10, 2018

At least 131 people were killed in the second quake, which hit the northern part of Lombok on Sunday evening - and the death toll is expected to rise.

Almost 1,500 people have been injured, with 156,000 displaced after the tremors caused extensive damage to their homes.

He was at the worst-hit region of Mataram for a security conference when the Indonesian island was hit by a 6.9-magnitude natural disaster.

This version corrects the spelling of the spokesman's name.

Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia's Lombok island on Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, while rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.

At least 91 people were killed and hundreds others injured in a massive quake measuring 7 on the Richter scale that struck Indonesia's Lombok Island, authorities said on Monday.

"We've got the people on the ground, experience and know the main thing we need is funding to do what we're trained to do", said Tom Howells of Save The Children.

At a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district, emergency workers in orange uniforms removed a woman's body from the ruins on Wednesday morning.

The death toll reached 105 on Tuesday, with 236 people injured. "It was really extraordinary to see and I feel for those that can't just cut their vacation short or rearrange their hotel bookings", she said, adding: "The people who are really affected by the natural disaster are those that are left picking up the pieces not us tourists".

It is expected to rise further because authorities believe people have been hit and killed by buildings including mosques, health clinics and houses which have collapsed.

Those were going to be repaired, he said, but people were just getting over the first quake and more than half the village's 1,500 people were sleeping outside.

British holidaymaker Natasha Millheim said: 'My partner and I are in Ubud and we were standing outside by the pool of our hotel when everything started shaking, ' she said.

When asked if the government has received foreign offers of aid, Dr Sutopo said that the go-vernment has yet to request global assistance because local resources have so far been deemed to be sufficient.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

The majority of Lombok's tourist resorts are on the island's southern coast.

Lombok airport's general manager said airlines had been laying on extra flights since yesterday and that his staff had been providing stranded passengers with blankets and snacks.

A large number of foreign and local tourists are still waiting to be evacuated from popular tourist island Gili Trawangan Island in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and some are faced with dehydration. Indonesia, one of the world's most disaster-prone nations, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Sunday's shallow tremor sent thousands of residents and tourists scrambling outdoors in Lombok, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude rattled the island. In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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