Food truck offers free food for earthquake-affected tourists in Lombok


Rescuers in Lombok are pulling people alive from the rubble two days after a devastating quake struck the Indonesian island, while thousands left homeless in the worst-affected areas continue to wait for aid to arrive.

This latest quake came a week after a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster jolted the same area, which left more than a dozen people dead, over 150 people injured and thousands displaced.

The authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.

Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia's Lombok island on Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, while rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.

The death toll rose to 131 and 1,477 were severely injured, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said in a briefing.

He told a news conference that there are reports of other deaths but they still need to be verified. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and those displaced camped wherever they could - in sports fields and on roadsides, cobbling together ramshackle shelters and building campfires for warmth.

"We have yet to ask for help from the worldwide (community)".

Still, government assistance was barely a trickle in the west Lombok village of Kekait where Zulas Triani, an elementary school teacher who was sharing a tent with 30 others, said they had received only a basket with three noodle packets, five eggs and a small ration of water.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok. The quake damaged buildings and roads, leaving thousands of Indonesians homeless and without power.

So far, up to 2,700 tourists have been moved from the Gili Island. "That's where the epicentre was; we wanted to go to Bali".

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But it took an inadvertent turn in Indonesia following a deadly, 6.9 magnitude quake on the island of Lombok on Sunday.

"It took many hours but we're thankful it worked and this person was found alive".

Officials said close to 5,000 foreign and domestic tourists had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck.

A damaged mosque in North Lombok.

Juanda said: "I stayed (inside) during the first shock but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out and I was already outside. when the mosque collapsed".

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

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.

The quake in Lombok occurred at 7:46 p.m. local time, and has claimed the lives of at least 90 people and injured 64.

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