Witness describes chaos when natural disaster hit the Gili Islands - 07-Aug

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 9, 2018

A magnitude 7 natural disaster has struck an island off the coast of Indonesia killing at least 37 people and injured dozens of others.

The quake was centered on the north coast of the island, 48 km northeast of Mataram, its largest city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated", he said, adding some hotels had been damaged by the quake.

"We will evacuate people off of the three Gili islands".

At least 209 people were injured. The warning was lifted later Sunday after only small waves were recorded.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, told local TV: 'Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking'.

The area continued to be rattled by aftershocks from the quake, which occurred days after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on July 29, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people. It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

"Our assessment is that people in Lombok really need shelters at the moment, especially tarps and blankets".

The natural disaster also shook neighbouring Bali.

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National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said so far more than 4,600 foreign and Indonesian tourists had been evacuated from the islands, with ships taking people to ports in Lombok and Benoa, Bali.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighbourhood in Bali.

"Mate, we were knocked certainly to the floor".

"I also instructed all health workers on the island of Lombok to sign in and work to ensure that maximum health care services are provided", Zainul said.

"We are cutting short our holiday because I can't walk and we're just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones", said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley at the airport with his leg bandaged.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam was in Lombok for a security conference when the quake struck.

The archipelago of thousands of islands sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.

Rescuers are still struggling to reach survivors of the deadly Indonesian quake that has killed at least 91 people.

Plan International in Indonesia has a focus on the wellbeing of children and parents and has responded quickly and effectively to support children and communities affected by emergencies in recent emergencies in the country, including the Mt Sinabung and Mt Raung volcano eruptions, and the Aceh natural disaster.

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