Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Rescuers struggle to reach cut-off villages after deadly Indonesia quake

Rescuers struggle to reach cut-off villages after deadly Indonesia quake

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.

But disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement the information from those sources was incomplete and hadn't been cross-checked for duplication.

Oxfam said more than 20,000 people were in temporary shelters and thousands more were camping out in the open.

On Wednesday, rescue workers with heavy machinery resumed searching through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques with hope of finding any survivors was fading.

Hundreds of injured victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other affected areas.

"We have limited human resources. Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile".

Majdi said, "The scale of this quake is massive for us here in West Nusa Tenggara, this is our first experience.We have limited human resources".

Across much of the island, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.

Saffron Amis, a British student on Gili Trawangan - the largest of the islands fringed by white beaches and surrounded by turquoise sea - said at least 200 people were stranded there with more flowing in from the other two, Gili Air and Gili Meno.

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"It's typical of natural disaster victims in Indonesia, they want to stay close to their livelihood, they can't bring their livestock to the shelters", Hadi said.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors.

The military said five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers left Jakarta for the island early on Wednesday.

On the road to the north of Lombok, where around 84,000 people have been displaced, locals were asking for money to help the victims amid collapsed buildings. More than 230 aftershocks were recorded by Tuesday morning, BMKG data showed.

Among other major buildings to collapse were a health clinic, government offices and other public facilities, he added.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

The island is popular with tourists and now about 1,000 foreign visitors have been evacuated to nearby islands.

"This is an emergency situation [because] many passengers are coming; hence [the airport] will operate for 24 hours", said Lombok International Airport general manager I Ngurah Ardita in Lombok on Monday.

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