United Nations chief ‘saddened' over devastation caused by quake in Indonesia

United Nations chief ‘saddened' over devastation caused by quake in Indonesia

United Nations chief ‘saddened' over devastation caused by quake in Indonesia

An operation was underway on Tuesday to evacuate thousands of tourists who were stranded after a deadly quake jolted Indonesia's Lombok Island killing 98 people and injuring over 200 others.

Lombok was still recovering from a 6.4 magnitude quake that struck on July 29.

Boats arrive at shore to evacuate people on the island of Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, August 6, 2018, in this still image taken from a drone video obtained from social media.

Displaced residents sit around a bonfire outside their temporary tents in Pemenang, northern Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an natural disaster.

Makeshift encampments have popped up on the side of roads and rice fields, with many farmers reluctant to move far from their damaged homes and leave precious livestock behind.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) on Tuesday put the death toll at 105, including two on the western neighbouring island of Bali, which also felt the quake, and said the figure was expected to rise.

Officials said most of the victims were killed by falling rubble, and more than 200 people have been seriously injured. "We didn't know that it was an quake and just thought of it to be a very bad storm", Mulraney said, who arrived in Indonesia on July 29 for a holiday with her friend.

There are fears the death toll will keep rising as rescuers step up the search of damaged or destroyed homes, schools and mosques.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

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"It was quite impossible to stand up". She said the power went out and her daughter couldn't use one of her medication pumps, but the family is doing OK and a generator brought the power back on. "Lots of cracks, fallen doors".

Australia's home affairs minister tweeted that he and his delegation were safely evacuated in darkness from a Lombok hotel where they have been staying during a regional security conference.

"We are staying in a much bigger hotel this time, we were in a small surfing hostel on the top floor", said Sarah.

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

Rescuers heard a weak voice coming from under the wreckage of a nearby two-storey mosque, where four people were believed to have been trapped when the building pancaked.

With their children, Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven, reportedly in tow, it has been claimed the family was 60 miles from the epicentre of the quake. Just days earlier, on July 29, another deadly natural disaster, this one a magnitude 6.4, hit the same area.

Lombok, which is located east of Bali and makes up part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, is a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.

The country sits on the Ring of Fire, a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

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