Fresh quake hits Lombok, fells buildings

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

Despite the mammoth recovery efforts ahead, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that global aid was not yet needed.

The aftershock had caused more "trauma", said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island.

Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.

A Reuters witness said the latest quake sent people into the streets in panic and caused buildings to collapse.

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9, 2018.

Indonesian soldiers unload relief aid for natural disaster victims from a plane at an airbase in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia August 9, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake'.

Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.

The 5.9-magnitude aftershock struck on Thursday, further weakening any buildings still standing in the wake of Sunday's 7.0 quake and a 6.4 tremor on July 29.

"I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed", he added, while other teams in East and North Lombok had reported villages where 75% of homes were damaged.

"A place we hope is fading for the missing".

Thousands of tourists visiting Lombok - as well as the nearby Gili Islands and Bali - have been evacuated or have chosen to leave since the weekend.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened.

"There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok", Nugroho tweeted Thursday.

Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. "He asked me for help, but I couldn't help him, we just ran to help ourselves", Johriah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP tearfully. "I'm very anxious, we need help here".

He said: "People are always saying they need water and tarps".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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