Indonesia quake death toll rises to 131 as aid begins to arrive

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 131 as aid begins to arrive

A man who escaped from the mosque said there were about 100 people praying inside when the natural disaster hit.

Almost 2.5 thousand people were hospitalized with serious injuries, more than 156 thousand people were forced to leave because of the serious damage to homes.

On Wednesday, the rescue workers using heavy equipment have resumed search for survivors in the mosque, now reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself.

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

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.

More than 200 people were seriously injured in Sunday's shallow quake as rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors in remote areas.

"The body is pinned underneath".

He said major building collapses had also taken place at a "health clinic, government offices and other public facilities".

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"We will not give up until we pull him out of this rubble".

British tourist Saffron Amis, who was stranded on Gili Trawangan island, said she spent a second night outdoors as aftershocks rattled the region before finally securing space on a boat.

A second powerful natural disaster in a week has struck the Indonesian island of Lombok causing scenes of destruction and prompting an exodus of tourists. The powerful tremor was felt all the way to the nearby island of Bali where two people were reported dead.

"We slept in a bungalow until another quake hit us at midnight and then we moved to the beach", she said.

Lombok's airport was now open around the clock and had significantly increased its flight schedule. Many hotels closed because of damage but some allowed travellers to camp in their lobbies. "It was a nightmare in my life".

Cracks in hotel walls, fallen roof tiles and collapsed lobbies were obviously seen in several hotels in Senggigi that located alongside Lombok's lovely beach facing Bali island. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Indonesia's Foreign Ministry has opened a call center for foreign tourists and their relatives following a fatal quake that hit West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday.

In 2014, a devastating tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea quake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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