Thousands left homeless, at least 98 dead after quake on Indonesian island

Thousands left homeless, at least 98 dead after quake on Indonesian island

Villagers push a motorcycle on debris after an quake hit Lombok Island in Pemenang, Indonesia, Aug. 6, 2018.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, expressed the sympathy when the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, visited him in Abuja on Tuesday. We're all relying on the government to help. "And I think it probably revived more quickly than people thought", he said.

"We're forced to deal with broken bones in the traditional way at home because the hospital had to deal with hundreds of other injuries", village head Budhiawan said.

The spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), Ndivhuwo Mabaya, informed, on Tuesday, that five South Africans who were in Indonesia when a 6.9 magnitude quake struck, are safe.

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

People were said to be performing evening prayers when the roof caved in on top of them.

The death toll reached 105 on Tuesday, with 236 people injured.

French tourist Laurent Smadja, who had been on Gilli Meno, the smallest of the three islands, described scenes of chaos and confusion in the aftermath of the quake as holidaymakers jostled to leave. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

Priva Bell, the Indonesia Response Team Coordinator at Mercy Corps, told Euronews: "We already know that many people have lost access to water, and are in need of shelter".

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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.

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley at the airport with his leg bandaged.

Bell and her team were in East Lombok when Sunday's natural disaster struck.

Muhamad Juanda, who narrowly escaped the mosque collapse, said 100 people were praying inside when the earth began to roll.

Rescue workers were also digging under the rubble of a mosque in the north of the island shattered by Sunday's 6.9 magnitude natural disaster, hopeful that at least one of four people trapped inside was still alive.

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

But with not enough boats to evacuate tourists quickly and too few planes to fly them out of Lombok, many visitors were forced to wait for hours or camp on beaches and the floor of the worldwide airport in Mataram.

There are 2,221 Canadians registrants overseas in Indonesia and 480 registered in Bali, said Elizabeth Reid, spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada.

Water, which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell on the island, as well as food and medical supplies were being distributed from trucks.

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