Indonesia natural disaster: Death toll tops 100 as thousands wait for aid

Indonesia natural disaster: Death toll tops 100 as thousands wait for aid

At least 105 people were killed and 230 were injured in the magnitude 6.9 quake, which hit the tourist island of Lombok on Sunday night.

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters. In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

Rescuers on Indonesia's quake-hit island of Lombok dug through the rubble of a mosque on Wednesday (Aug 8), hoping to reach the aunt of a sprinter who became a national hero last month at the under-20 world championships in Finland.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Fairfax Media that he was on the hotel's 12th floor when the quake struck.

While many were glued to their feeds to see Chrissy's updates, she made sure everyone knew she was safe while later directing eyeballs to concentrate on those who were badly affected.

"To get an worldwide assistance coming from out of Indonesia especially in the form of goods and personnel, the procedure is first to get confirmation from central government that this is a national-scale disaster and not a provincial one", he said.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated.

Phil Turtle, from the Australia-Indonesia Business council, said he thought tourists would return.

Swords native Fiona said the couple are "devastated" at the destruction caused by the quake. The tsunami warning was eventually lifted.

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Sanisah said her family home no longer had walls, and had escaped the quake with just the clothes on their back, and had barely enough food or water and had not yet received assistance from the Indonesian government. "We are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens if needed".

They are located in the Lombok Strait, northwest of Lombok in Indonesia.

The couple and their four kids were believed to be on holiday in Bali when the 7.0 magnitude quake struck on the neighbouring island of Lombok. Nugroho said authorities had deployed three ships to evacuate people who were packed on the 16-square-kilometre beach.

"We can't live in our house again, but things can be rebuilt, and stuff can be replaced". Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees. "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview.

He lives two doors away from his aunt's home.

Lombok lies on the Ring of Fire, a belt surrounding the Pacific Ocean that is especially prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami".

It had taken at least an hour to free her from underneath the wall, he said, with the help of relatives.

Sanisah and her extended family group of about 10 people had had three bags of rice to share that day.

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