Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 131

Nearly 1,500 people have been injured, with 156,000 displaced

Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 131

A man prays inside a damaged mosque after an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, 08-08-2018. Image: Zulkarnain/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The number of people killed in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake in Indonesia has risen to 131.

Nearly 1,500 people have been injured, with 156,000 displaced after the tremors caused extensive damage to their homes.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck Lombok, an island neighbouring the popular tourist destination of Bali, on Sunday.

Six days earlier, a 6.4-magnitude quake killed 16 people and weakened many structures.

Yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that around 50 Irish people had been evacuated from the Gili Islands off the north west coast of Lombok over the weekend.

The three tiny islands are extremely popular with tourists.

Around 30 Irish people were rescued immediately after the tremor on Sunday, with a further 20 brought to safety in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Visitors wait to evacuate from Gili Trawangan near Lombok Island in Central Indonesia, 06-08-2018

Relief efforts

Military planes have since been scrambled to bring food, medicine, tents and water to island residents in desperate need of aid.

Zulas Triani, a teacher who is sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small amount of water.

She said: "My house was flattened. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty.
"Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?

"I don't know how to rebuild on my own. We're all relying on the government to help. I do hope the government can help."

The collapsed Jamiul Jamaah Mosque in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, 08-08-2018. Image:  Tatan Syuflana/AP/Press Association Images


The national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, warned the number of people killed will likely continue to rise as emergency services reach rural parts of the island.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble," said Mr Nugroho.

"There are reports... that there are people buried alive, it is a critical time for immediate evacuation."