Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

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'Just sheer panic': B.C. family stranded after Indonesia quake

Reports said the 6.9-magnitude quake which struck the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok on Sunday killed almost 100 people and left at least 20 000 others homeless.

On Sunday, June 6, Indonesia was struck by an natural disaster of 7.0 magnitude that has killed more than 90 people and damaged thousands of buildings.

For many, food and water remains in short supply and people are afraid to return to their homes - that is if they are still standing.

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

Rescuers resumed their search for survivors‚ and started the recovery of bodies in the rubble of houses‚ mosques and schools after the most recent quake.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the national disaster agency, said the death toll had risen from 105 on Tuesday.

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. "We continue to compile the data", he said.

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Muhammad Zainul Majdi, governor of the West Nusa Tenggara region which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit places.

An evacuation is now underway on surrounding islands, affecting locals and thousands of tourists.

Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5000 people and planned to intensify aid delivery. Tens of thousands were left homeless when the ground shook for the second time in two weeks.

Many farmers were reluctant to move far from their damaged homes and leave precious livestock behind, he added. "That's where the epicentre was; we wanted to go to Bali".

Mr Supartana said two people had been found alive, along with three bodies.

He was hosting a welcoming dinner for his regional counterparts and their delegations from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Myanmar when the quake struck.

The Federal Government has condoled with the people and Government of Indonesia over the quake on the Island of Lombok, near Loloan village on Sunday night, which claimed at least, 105 lives.

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Small waves of less than half a meter were reported in several areas along the northern coasts of Lombok and Bali, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

Lombok, which is located east of Bali and makes up part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain, is a popular tourist destination known for mountains, beaches and surf.

Around 200,000 people live in northern Lombok and the government estimates 20,000 people are in need of assistance, with around 80 percent of buildings destroyed.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire, " an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean Basin.

"Our little paradise island that we have called home has taken a hit and the foundation of our island and its businesses, which are the local people, have taken the biggest hit of all".

Lombok's airport was now open around the clock and had significantly increased its flight schedule.

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