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

Video of Imam Leading Prayer amid quake in Indonesia Goes Viral

Video of Imam Leading Prayer amid quake in Indonesia Goes Viral

SENGGIGI, Indonesia Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents as authorities said rescuers hadn't yet reached all devastated areas and expect the toll of 98 dead to climb.

A magnitude-7.0 quake hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok Sunday evening.

For many, food and water remains in short supply and people are afraid to return to their homes - that is if they are still standing.

Thousands of tourists wait on a beach to be evacuated from the Indonesian island of Lombok after a huge quake.

Caruso said he expects more aftershocks from the magnitude-7 natural disaster, though those shocks will be of a lower intensity than the main quake.

The organisation's Silverius Tasman said it and the Indonesian Government were "doing all we can to help these people, but we do need more support to allow us to reach these most affected populations".

While many tourists are flooding Indonesia's ferry terminals and airports in the hopes of finding a way back home, Montgomery-Lay and her husband are concerned about the effect it would have on their daughter, who has cancer.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

For many, the arrival of heavy equipment can't come soon enough as they await news of loved ones believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings.

It was also felt on the neighboring Gili Islands as well as Bali, Sumbawa and parts of East Java.

Official advcie reads: "If you're planning to travel to Bali, Lombok or the Gili Islands in the coming days, you should keep your travel plans under close review and seek the advice of your transport and accommodation providers before travelling, and ensure that you have contingency plans and travel insurance in place".

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"We will tear down our houses, they are too damaged to fix, we will rebuild with plywood and timber, it is safer, cheaper and warmer".

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people.

Rescuers in Lombok were said to be still pulling people out alive from the rubble, two days after the natural disaster.

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

Aid organisations, already on Lombok after last week's quake, said they were stepping up their humanitarian efforts.

A total of 8381 tourists, locals and workers of hotels and resorts on the three Gili islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno - had been evacuated as of late afternoon on Tuesday, BNPB said.

The natural disaster hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination.

People ride motorcycles along a street next to collapsed shops after an quake hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok island, Indonesia, August 7, 2018.

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

The Bali and Lombok airports have remained open.

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