More than 90 people killed in massive earthquake on island of Lombok | Innovation
Rescuers still have not reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges.
At least 91 people were killed and neighbouring Bali was shaken in the tremor with the death toll is expected to rise.
It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok.
A quake on July 29 killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening’s magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that damage was “massive” in northern Lombok.
In several districts, more than half of homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
Death toll set to rise
Some areas still had not been reached, with rescuers battling against collapsed bridges, electricity blackouts and damaged roads blocked with debris.
Lack of heavy equipment was hampering attempts to find victims beneath the rubble of a mosque that collapsed in northern Lombok while villagers prayed inside, Mr Nugroho said.
The death toll had risen to 91 and will “definitely increase”, he said, adding that two of the deaths were in Bali and the rest in Lombok.
More than 200 people were seriously injured.
Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and 20,000 people are in temporary shelters.
The quake, measured at magnitude 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and a still-powerful 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early on Sunday evening at a fairly shallow depth of six miles in the northern part of Lombok.
On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and locals spent the night on a hill fearing a tsunami.