Massive Earthquake Kill 37 People, Injure Dozens of Others in Indonesia

Massive Earthquake Kill 37 People, Injure Dozens of Others in Indonesia

Massive Earthquake Kill 37 People, Injure Dozens of Others in Indonesia

Three C-130 Hercules aircraft and two helicopters have been deployed to deliver tents and medical aid to the area, but the damage to roads and bridges has made logistics a hard task.

"There was a lot of screaming and crying, particularly from the locals", said Ms Amis, from Brighton.

On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and locals spent the night on a hill fearing a tsunami, said British visitor Saffron Amis. "The first one was the bigger one", he told AFP.

"We are fighting for boats now. This is a report thus far, the number is possibly going to increase because we are still collecting data", said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a press conference, Jakarta, Monday, August 6.

But it was Lombok which bore the brunt of Sunday evening´s quake.

Power and communications were cut in some areas of Lombok, and the military said it was sending in a vessel with medical aid, supplies and logistical support for the island.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok.

A strong natural disaster has struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok, one week after another quake in the same area killed more than a dozen people.

Victims in blood and bandaged numbering in hundreds were treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other hard-hit parts of the island.

At least one person was killed by falling debris and dozens of buildings and temples were damaged on the majority-Hindu island, said I Wayan Karnawan, the head of the local disaster mitigation agency in Bangli regency.

"We are just thankful to god and also to the hotel staff who really helped us".

Najmul Akhyar, district chief of North Lombok, told MetroTV that there was an electrical blackout so he was unable to assess the entire situation, but that at least three people had been killed.

Lack of heavy equipment was hampering attempts to find victims beneath the rubble of a mosque that collapsed in northern Lombok while villagers prayed inside, Mr Nugroho said.

As authorities scrambled to assess the extent of damage in Lombok, some tourists were trying to leave. "We can't dive, we can't do anything so we will go to another island", he said.

"People were just throwing their suitcases on board and I had to struggle to get my husband on, because he was bleeding", she said.

The head of the disaster management agency in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province, Muhammad Rum, says the death toll from an quake that hit the tourist island of Lombok has risen to 39.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the quake struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently. He said, "Walls cracked, it was quite impossible to stand up".

Lombok airport was also operating.

Indonesia, which straddles the Pacific's "Ring of Fire," is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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