Thousands evacuated after Lombok quake kills 98

Cracked temple

Buildings have been destroyed all over the island

Thousands of people left homeless sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents following a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, as authorities said rescuers hadn't yet reached all devastated areas.

Food, medical supplies, tarpaulins and clothes are also urgently needed, it said.

Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia's Lombok island on Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake‚ as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.

At a collapsed mosque in Bangsal district, emergency workers in orange uniforms removed a woman's body from the ruins on Wednesday morning.

"The number of victims keep rising", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters on Wednesday. Almost 2,500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

Sarah said: "The whole room started to move, we got out as fast as possible and were outside with everyone staying the in place we were".

"The next few days will be crucial as we prepare to help people find shelter, and get the food and water they need to keep going", she added.

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Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. "Clean drinking water is scarce due to the extremely dry weather conditions leading up the disaster".

For many, the arrival of heavy equipment can't come soon enough as they await news of loved ones believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings.

Bali has also sustained damage, where two were confirmed dead after tremors struck.

Tourism directly contributed less than 2% to Indonesia's economy in 2017, far below Thailand and the Philippines, the World Travel and Tourism Council says.

Lombok airport's general manager said airlines had laid on extra flights and his staff had been providing blankets and snacks.

Supartana said two people had been found alive, along with three bodies. "He asked me for help, but I couldn't help him, we just ran to help ourselves", Johriah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP tearfully.

A mother bath her daughter in a bucket after their home in Sembalun Bumbung was destroyed by the Lombok quake.

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For instance, a magnitude-7.7 natural disaster and related tsunami hit off the nearby island of Java on July 17, 2006, and on June 2, 1994, a magnitude-7.8 quake and related tsunami hit the area, according to the USGS.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

The Bali and Lombok airports have stayed open. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

Aid organisations, already on Lombok after it was hit a week earlier by a 6.4 quake that killed 16 people, said they were stepping up their humanitarian efforts.

That's because the region sits smack-dab along the so-called ring of fire-an imaginary, horseshoe-shape line that follows the rim of the Pacific Ocean and marks spots where several tectonic plates collide.

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