Thousands of people made homeless by a powerful quake on Indonesian resort islands looked for shelter Monday night as rescue workers continued to search for the missing and said the death toll of 98 would likely rise.
Days after a powerful quake rocked Indonesia's resort island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people and sending thousands of tourists fleeing, its beach strip stands eerily empty, with shops and hotels shuttered.
'He just said "wait, wait" - I was so anxious we would be stranded but I kept pulling his leg and he said "I promise I will help you".
Around 10,000 people have been evacuated from the area as it continues to be rocked by dozens of aftershocks.
"It took many hours but we're thankful it worked and this person was found alive". "Clean drinking water is scarce due to the extremely dry weather conditions leading up the disaster". Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from lorries.
Rescuers have searched only a tiny portion of the 13,000 damaged buildings and they expect the death toll of more than 100 will rise significantly over the coming week.
Crews using heavy equipment resumed the search Wednesday for survivors in the mosque, now reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them. One boat had docked and within a second it was sinking because there were so many people who were trying to get on it.
Nugroho said all the dead are Indonesians and there were no foreigners among the victims.
"It went from high season just a few days ago to absolutely nothing now", lamented Howard Singleton, who owns a beachside restaurant in the west coast town of Senggigi, ravished by striking sunset views of a volcano on neighbouring Bali.
According to Caruso, even though the Lombok quake occurred on land, it struck right along the coastline, where subsequent landslides into the sea could trigger tsunamis.
Sunday's natural disaster was the second deadly quake to hit Lombok in a week. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to evacuation centres. Many were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.
At least 105 people are dead after an quake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok over the weekend, state media reported Tuesday.
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The geophysics agency had issued a tsunami warning after the quake struck at 7.46 p.m. local time but it was lifted nearly two hours later after the agency detected low rising tides. "The lamp was shaking, and people were shouting 'Get out.' I ran out into the dark because the power cut off". The figure was expected to rise.
A regional ministerial-level conference on counterterrorism that was set to be held in Mataram on Monday had been canceled following the natural disaster.
"We are staying in a much bigger hotel this time, we were in a small surfing hostel on the top floor", said Sarah.
The epicentre of the quake was in northern Lombok, a more residential, less developed part of the island.
The Bali and Lombok airports have stayed open.
TV showed crying women consoling each other outside Lombok's airport.
Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.
Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people.