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Lombok quake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

08 August 2018

Rescue team members prepare to find people trapped inside a mosque after an natural disaster hit on Sunday in Pemenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia, August 8, 2018.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, expressed the sympathy when the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, visited him in Abuja on Tuesday.

"Our little paradise island that we have called home has taken a hit and the foundation of our island and its businesses, which are the local people, have taken the biggest hit of all". They said thousands of houses were damaged in the quake.

The relatively small Indonesian community in Edmonton, 825 people according to recent census data, has raised emergency funds for earthquakes in the past, Rendra said.

The shocks Sunday followed a 6.4 -magnitude quake on July 29, leaving emergency crews to deal with the fallout of two massive disasters just seven days apart.

People were said to be performing evening prayers when the roof caved in on top of them.

There are fears the death toll will keep rising as rescuers step up the search of damaged or destroyed homes, schools and mosques.

Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Some 900 tourists were being evacuated from Indonesia's tiny Gili Islands after a powerful quake struck Lombok, killing over 90 people and injuring hundreds.

Nugroho told a news briefing on Monday some areas there were cut off after bridges collapsed.

"The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said. "In the morning we went back and everything was broken", he added.

Jennifer Montgomery-Lay, of Maple Ridge, B.C., said that she, her husband, 14-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are stuck in Lombok after a powerful 7.0-magnitude natural disaster hit on Sunday evening.

In the north of Lombok, the earthquake's epicentre, rescuers were holding out hope that more people would be pulled alive from the wreckage of thousands of buildings.

"We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt a really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran", Australian tourist Kim Liebelt said as he waited with other travelers for a flight out at Lombok's worldwide airport.

Tremors continued to rattle the island, including a 5.5 magnitude one around 2 am on Monday.

"There are no flights and the airport looks like mayhem", she said.

"We are very sad", he said.

Immigration authorities said that seven foreigners - from Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, South Korea and the United States - were injured in the quake and are being treated in hospital.

It's a much needed moment of respite for the family - Montgomery-Lay says they've been awake for nearly 60 hours since being evacuated from their hotel room Sunday night.

Lombok quake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131