Monday, 6 August 2018

Lombok quake: About 20,000 evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island

About 20,000 people have been moved to unaffected areas of the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake left nearly 100 people dead.

Boats were sent to evacuate about 2,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands.

Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror during Sunday's quake, with thousands of buildings damaged, and power and communication lines cut.

Aid agencies said the priority was to provide shelter for residents.

Many are said to be too scared to return to their homes.

President Joko Widodo urged the speedy evacuation of casualties, calling for more flights to be sent to the affected areas.

People salvage belongings from a destroyed building in Pemenang in northern Lombok island

The tremor has caused widespread damage on neighbouring island Bali

Staff take patients outside as a safety measure at a hospital in Mataram

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