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Rescuers search for missing on Indonesian island - 8/8/2018 6:13:05 AM

10 August 2018

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The magnitude 7.0 quake came a week after another quake on Lombok killed 16 people. "The rescue team will deploy more ships during the rescues", Sutopo said.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) on Tuesday put the death toll at 105, including two on the western neighboring island of Bali, which also felt the quake, and said the figure was expected to rise.

Five Cape Town families are anxiously waiting on news from South Africans travelling in Indonesia after an natural disaster hit Lombok.

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters. The islets are renowned for their crystal clear waters that draw snorkelers and divers from all over the world.

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Sunday's shallow tremor sent thousands of residents and tourists scrambling outdoors in Lombok, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude rattled the island.

Some villagers used sledgehammers and ropes to start clearing the rubble of broken homes, but others, traumatized by continued aftershocks, were too afraid to venture far from tents and tarpaulins set up in open spaces. Some held up simple cardboard signs begging for aid as ambulances and other vehicles raced by. "Please donate", said another. "Clean drinking water is scarce due to the extremely dry weather".

Some 236 people have been severely injured in the latest quake, with tens of thousands of homes damaged, and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies. One body was recovered on Tuesday. "They should be bringing in heavy equipment to speed this up".

The spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), Ndivhuwo Mabaya, informed, on Tuesday, that five South Africans who were in Indonesia when a 6.9 magnitude quake struck, are safe. Four agencies, including the military and the national search and rescue agency, were involved in the evacuation. "This is what we call a calamity and we can't prevent it", he said. "We know how hard his family is suffering".

North Lombok Regency has posted the largest number of casualties - at least 78 people dead and 64 others injured.

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"And I think it probably revived more quickly than people thought", he said.

The magnitude of an quake is reported using the Richter scale, with earthquakes of magnitude 3 or lower being nearly unnoticeable and 7 or higher causing severe damage over expansive areas.

The death toll rose to 131 on Wednesday, as hopes of finding more survivors faded. "It destroyed everything", he said. That's because the region sits smack-dab along the so-called ring of fire-an imaginary, horseshoe-shape line that follows the rim of the Pacific Ocean and marks spots where several tectonic plates collide. There had been reports that dozens of people were killed at the site.

But the rescuers and heavy equipment were "very much needed elsewhere, so we chose to shift the operation" to other locations.

"They have not been touched by any assistance", Nguroho said.

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Rescuers search for missing on Indonesian island - 8/8/2018 6:13:05 AM