Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

The quake struck at 7.46pm local time on Sunday at a fairly shallow depth of 31km. That number is expected to rise.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok where the quake was centred, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok all issued different death tolls for Sunday's natural disaster that ranged from 226 to 381.

While the quake was centred on the island of Lombok, people in nearby Bali were also strongly affected.

Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency says at least 131 people have died but other agencies are giving higher much higher figures.

Officials said the quake's epicentre was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.

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.

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A humanitarian crisis is also looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

Cleanup and rescue efforts are still continuing on the island, following the previous quakes.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

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

With hospitals and clinics also affected, numerous injured have had to be treated in the open air or in makeshift clinics.

Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.

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