Thursday 27 June 2019

Aftershock rocks Indonesia tourist island as efforts continue to provide quake relief

The official death toll from Sunday’s quake is 131 but it is believed the real figure is much higher.

A man inspects the damage of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)
A man inspects the damage of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok (Firdia Lisnawati/AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A strong aftershock has shaken the Indonesian island of Lombok where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful earthquake.

Indonesia’s geological agency said the quake on Thursday afternoon had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometres (seven and a half miles), centred in the north west of the island.

It said it did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.9.

A woman carries her child at a temporary shelter (Tatan Syuflana/AP)

It was the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

Buildings still standing on the island have been weakened after Sunday’s 7.0 quake that killed at least 131 people and a 6.4 quake on July 29 that killed 16.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it was focusing its Lombok earthquake relief efforts on an estimated 20,000 people in remote areas in the north of the island where aid still has not reached.

Spokesman Arifin Hadi says the tens of thousands people left homeless by Sunday’s quake need clean water and tarpaulins most of all.

Villagers gather at a temporary shelter (Tatan Syuflana/AP)

He said the agency has sent 20 water vehicles to five remote areas, including one village of about 1,200 households.

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

He said they were also looking for people with untreated injuries.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said at least 131 people have died but other agencies are giving higher much higher figures.

The disaster agency says the higher figures are unverified.

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