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  World   Asia  11 Aug 2018  Indonesia earthquake: Death toll rises to 387, around 13,000 injured

Indonesia earthquake: Death toll rises to 387, around 13,000 injured

AFP
Published : Aug 11, 2018, 1:20 pm IST
Updated : Aug 11, 2018, 1:20 pm IST

The number of people displaced has risen to 3,87,000 and many evacuees have still not received assistance.

Motorists ride past buildings ruined by the quakes in Pamenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia on Friday.(Photo: AP)
 Motorists ride past buildings ruined by the quakes in Pamenang, Lombok Island, Indonesia on Friday.(Photo: AP)

Mataram: An earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has killed 387 people, authorities said on Saturday, adding hundreds of thousands of displaced people were still short of clean water, food and medicine nearly a week on.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday leveled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17.

"It's predicted the death toll will continue to grow because there are still victims who are suspected of being buried by landslides and under rubble, and there are victims that have not been recorded and reported to posts," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The number forced from their homes in the disaster has soared to 3,87,000, Nugroho said, with around 13,000 injured. The hardest hit region of Lombok has been in the north, where 334 people have died and nearly 2,00,000 have been forced from their homes, according to latest official tolls.

Two people were also killed by the quake on the neighbouring tourist island of Bali.

Nugroho said the emergency response period has been extended another 14 days, which would allow authorities to deal with the "many problems" that still existed in the field.

Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters, while makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured. Six days after the quake hit some evacuees have still not received assistance, particularly in the mountainous north of the island.

"The main problem is the distribution of supplies to thousands of refugee points," Nugroho said. "Most of the roads in North Lombok were damaged by the earthquake."

Survivors of the quake have been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming.

Tags: indonesia earthquake, lombok island, indonesia earthquake aftermath
Location: Indonesia, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Mataram