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Indonesia earthquake: Babies born in makeshift hospitals - PM

10 August, 2018, 04:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Hospital patients and relatives wait outside after being evacuated after an earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok island in Mataram

He told a news conference that there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified.

The toll of at least 98 dead is expected to rise as rescuers reach more devastated areas.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres today expressed sadness at the "devastating" loss of life, injuries and damage caused in the magnitude 7 natural disaster that hit Indonesia's East Lombok over the weekend.

This version corrects the spelling of the spokesman's name.

At least 131 people have now been confirmed dead from a powerful quake that struck a group of Indonesian resort islands on Sunday.

The rescue team had done everything it could to locate the body of the man, who had been killed instantly when a massive quake collapsed his home Sunday night on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Aid agency Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelters to 5,000 survivors, but the need was much greater, with more than 20,000 estimated to have been displaced.

The military dispatched five planes with food, medicine, blankets, field tents, and water tankers from Jakarta on Wednesday.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel work on a collapsed mosque Monday in Pemenang, North Lombok.

Numerous deaths occurred in the northern part of the island in West Nusa Tenggara province.

Hundreds of tourists and workers were still trying to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged.

The powerful quake killed at least 91 people and damaged thousands of buildings in Lombok.

"The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said.

"It was provided by the Lombok tourist polytechnic and it's located at the global tourist transfer spot". "We ran out into the street and a friend and I stood in the parking area hanging on to a parked vehicle which was also swaying severely", said retiree Deborah Storck, who was about to eat dinner at a restaurant on Lombok's west coast when the quake hit.

"We're forced to deal with broken bones in the traditional way at home because the hospital had to deal with hundreds of other injuries", said Budhiawan, the village head.

However, destroyed roads and bridges have slowed efforts to reach some of the worst-hit areas in the mountainous north and east of Lombok.

Lombok International Airport reopened Monday, but national airline Garuda International announced some flights to the island could be delayed.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

Officials say all the tourists on the Gili islands, off the coast of Lombok, have now been evacuated.

Basarnas is now tasked with evacuating almost 1,000 tourists from Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno to Lombok Island using limited equipment. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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