Indonesia natural disaster: Third strong quake hits tourist island of Lombok

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

The Gili islands is located just off the coast of Lombok

Between July 29 (local time) and August 10 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded 30 earthquakes on or close to the island of Lombok, with more than 20 above 4.5 on the Richter scale in intensity.

Another patient at the hospital with one arm in a sling and an IV in the other, 70-year-old Jami-ah, said she had been sleeping in tents with her family in her backyard, fearing a new natural disaster would cause their house to crumble.

Videos showed rubble strewn across streets and clouds of dust enveloping buildings. People abandoned their vehicles and rushed out of their homes. An Associated Press reporter in the provincial capital, Mataram, saw people injured by the quake and a hospital moving patients outside.

However, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the national disaster agency, said the number of deaths will increase. The announcement came after an inter-agency meeting was called to resolve wildly different figures from various government offices.

Medic Ainun Kharima said head injuries caused by collapsing buildings were a big cause of deaths.

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He estimated 75% of houses are damaged in some villages in east and north Lombok.

Villagers and relatives prayed outside a tent where the girl's body lay inside covered in a white cloth.

While exchanging messages on Facebook about the natural disaster, many Indonesian speakers used the word "selamat", which has several meanings including "safe", "unhurt" or "congratulations" depending on the context. On a curb outside, she tripped and fell, glimpsing blood on her clothes before blacking out. As her husband, Hasanuddin Noer, patted her back to calm her, Handayani said: "We've been trying for four years to have a child".

Almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced due to the extensive damage to thousands of homes.

Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding. 'There was no way to get her out'. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said.

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The quake was the second in a week to hit Lombok.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

There have been 355 aftershocks since the last quake happened on Sunday, which killed at least 131 people.

"The quakes have left hospitals crowded with around 1,500 injured, and thousands of displaced are living in temporary shelters, or in the rubble of homes", he says. The president said he could not make the trip due to security reasons. "We are still scared to go into the house".

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