Gibraltarians describe lucky escape from Indonesia quake

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

"Our hearts go out to the people affected by the quake".

The natural disaster which hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Sunday evening killed at least 347 people, and officials say the death toll is likely to increase.

The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

Officials said about three-quarters of Lombok's rural north had been without electricity since Sunday, although power had since been restored in most areas.

A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to witnesses and the Southeast Asian nation's meteorology and geophysics agency.

The government says more than 1400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced.

Rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble, with volunteers and rescue personnel erecting temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the southern island.

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He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed. Aid workers have found some hamlets hard to reach because bridges and roads were torn up by the disaster.

"We have limited human resources".

'The scale of this quake is massive for us here in West Nusa Tenggara, this is our first experience'.

"I saw my neighbour get stuck in the rubble and die". 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.

Indonesia's geological agency said the quake was shallow, at a depth of 12km, centred in the northeast of the island.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

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