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ibusinesslines.com December 14, 2018


Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake

09 August 2018, 10:29 | Erica Roy

The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347.

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.

This morning the island suffered a strong 6.2 tremor that was felt in neighbouring Bali, Reuters reports.

The first quake, a 6.9 magnitude event, killed almost 350 people, according to Indonesian state media.

Water - which has been in short supply due to a prolonged dry spell - as well as food and medical supplies have also been distributed from trucks.


Officials and organisations including the military, the governor of the province that includes Lombok, the national search and rescue agency and the regent of North Lombok have issued different death tolls, ranging from 226 to 381.

The death toll from a powerful natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 on Wednesday, as authorities appealed for food, clean water and medical help for some 156,000 people forced from their homes.

The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks had arrived in Lombok. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

Authorities are still searching through the rubble left behind on Lombok Island, still hoping to find survivors.

With hospitals and clinics also affected, numerous injured have had to be treated in the open air or in makeshift clinics.

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



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