Indonesia quake: Race against time to save buried survivors

Bikes are seen covered in debris at a mall in Bali's capital Denpasar

Indonesia quake: Race against time to save buried survivors

Local authorities said Monday that the official death toll from Sunday's massive quake in Indonesia has climbed to at least 142, and more than two hundred people were injured.

Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an natural disaster killed at least 131 people as rescuers intensified efforts Wednesday to find those buried in the rubble.

A 7.0 magnitude quake off the Indonesian island of Lombok killed at least 142 people and injured hundreds more on Sunday, August 5. A distraught Muhamad Juanda said on Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque".

A damaged mosque in North Lombok.

"I stayed during the first shock, but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out."

Irish expat Patricia Mulraney, 25, and her friend, Leona Reynolds, were on a speed boat enroute the Gili Trawangan Island, when the 6.9-magnitude hit Bali, Lombok and neighbouring islands, causing giant waves to almost capsize their boat.

Officials said more than 2000 people had been evacuated from the three Gili islands, where fears of another tsunami spread.

Indonesian authorities are struggling to get help to people hit hardest, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, BNPB, because of the difficult conditions rescuers face.

Officials said an operation is now underway to evacuate thousands of tourists from Lombok and nearby islands.

The global charity Oxfam said drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

Mr Zainul said there was an urgent need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit areas.

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"All five have been accounted for and are safe", said the statement.

For many, the arrival of heavy equipment can't come soon enough as they await news of loved ones believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after the quake.

TRT World's Arabella Munro reports.

At least 91 people are reported dead from the quake, with shaking felt as far away as the island of Bali, the Associated Press reported.

"Unfortunately another quake struck Lombok the following day".

Lombok had already been hit on 29 July by a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP. "All the locals were frantically running and screaming, putting on lifejackets".

Oxfam's local project manager in Lombok, Meili Narti, said there needed to better coordination of aid efforts between the government and the military. Many were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.

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