Indonesia quake: Survivors pulled from rubble amid aftershocks

11 August, 2018, 14:56 | Author: Jason Torres
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Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

In a press conference, the spokesperson for the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho went on to say that another 1,467 people were admitted to hospitals owing to the injuries they sustained in the Sunday quake.

According to the information given by the reports, in an incident that took place in Indonesia days ago killed at least 131 people as of now and dozens injured in an natural disaster measuring 7 on the Richter scale.

As the aid effort stepped up, volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake.

On Wednesday, rescue workers with heavy machinery resumed searching through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques with hope of finding any survivors was fading.

Majdi said, "The scale of this quake is massive for us here in West Nusa Tenggara, this is our first experience.We have limited human resources. Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile", Majdi said.

"In some villages we visited the destruction was nearly 100 percent, all houses collapsed, roads are cracked and bridges were broken", said Arifin Muhammad Hadi, a spokesman for the Indonesian Red Cross.

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"Thousands more, tourists and hotel workers, are still in the process of being evacuated out of the three island", the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said in a statement on Monday evening.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with much-needed food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks have now arrived in Lombok.

A woman's body was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district in the north of the island. A dramatic video showed one man being pulled out alive Monday by soldiers.

Australian diplomats are working with the Indonesian navy to evacuate about 150 Australians still stranded on Gili Islands after the Lombok natural disaster. More than 100 aftershocks continued to rattle the region after the main quake.

"Most foreign tourists have been evacuated", Yusuf Latif, national search and rescue team spokesman, said.

Ms Bishop said Lombok airport was still open for Australians wishing to leave the "devastated" islands.

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