Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Indonesian rescuers struggle to reach cut-off villages after deadly quake

Indonesian rescuers struggle to reach cut-off villages after deadly quake

"We actually missed the first boat, but lucky enough, we were one of the last people they put onto the second boat", Montgomery-Lay told CTV News Channel.

He said the death toll is still expected to increase.

The powerful quake has killed more than 90 people and wounded hundreds, with thousands of buildings left damaged.

Alimuddin's ordeal underlines the chaotic scenes across Lombok, a volcanic island to the east of Bali, after the shallow 6.9-magnitude quake struck Sunday evening.

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

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid on Tuesday (local time) and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels.

Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok.

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"We are staying in a much bigger hotel this time, we were in a small surfing hostel on the top floor", said Sarah.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok.

Rescuers have resumed the search for survivors, and to recover the bodies of victims in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster. Sutopo said the figure would rise still further.

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

Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia's Lombok island after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week.

"We were all anxious of a tsunami hitting the whole night, people were climbing up trees and locals were screaming and praying", Scott said.

"We are going to Singapore, we just want to get out of Indonesia to be honest", Todd said.

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Some 4,600 tourists have been evacuated from the Gili Islands, three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands that lie off the northwest coast of Lombok and are popular with backpackers and divers.

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.

After the initial quake, further aftershocks - including one just 1km off the coast of the island - caused further destruction, toppling buildings and causing injuries and deaths.

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

Thousands of tourists wait on a beach to be evacuated from the Indonesian island of Lombok after a huge quake.

Indonesia is defined by string of volatile volcanoes stretching for thousands of miles, as it is situated on the so-called Ring of Fire around the Pacific.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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