Lombok quake deaths rise to 91, "massive" damage


Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on Monday (Aug 6) that he is waiting for a flight out of Lombok, after he was caught in the 7.0 magnitude quake that hit the Indonesian resort island on Sunday evening. Ensure you have your policy number to hand.

The quake caused light damage as far away as the Javanese city of Bandung, some 955 kilometres from Mataram, but was felt strongly on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

"Our hearts go out to those affected and who have lost loved ones".

"But if there's any friendly country who wants to offer help, please do", Nugroho said. "Thinking about everyone around us and in Lombok especially", she added. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".

Carlos Romartinez, a 24-year-old Spaniard who was also waiting for a flight out of Lombok, said he had made a decision to head instead to the island of Flores to the east.

Boats have also been sent to evacuate the more than 1,000 tourists on the nearby Gili islands, a group of islands situated north-west of Lombok popular with divers and backpackers.

At magnitude 6.9, Sunday's quake released more than five times the energy of the earlier one, the United States Geological Survey website said.

The death toll in a powerful quake that hit West Nausa Tenggara and Bali, Indonesia on Sunday evening has climbed to 91, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

Authorities have lifted a tsunami warning that was issued after the quake struck early Sunday evening.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok and killed 17 people.

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"I can't see myself getting much sleep for a few days", she said.

The natural disaster triggered widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed.

An MFAT spokesperson said the Government of Indonesia is doing its best to evacuate hundreds of foreigners and locals in the area.

Search and rescue operation is underway.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in Mataram when the quake struck, said that his room shook violently and walls cracked. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty.

Dutton told Fairfax the quake "was powerful enough to put us on the floor".

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior. "But people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

"We tried to go to the airport but there was no taxi, no transport, no plan for evacuation", French tourist Jina told Metro TV.

Chrissy, her husband John Legend and the couple's two children, two-year-old daughter Luna and baby son Miles, have been enjoying a family holiday in Bali. One of the names she gave the baby boy was "Gempa", which means quake.