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VIDEOS reveal city in chaos as Lombok crumbles under another natural disaster

VIDEOS reveal city in chaos as Lombok crumbles under another natural disaster”

An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck, in Lombok on 29 July, 2018.

According to Indonesia's geological agency, Thursday's quake had a magnitude of 6.2 and was shallow, striking at a depth of just 12 kilometres.

The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries. "Some buildings were damaged further because of this".

No further information was available at the time of writing.

A humanitarian crisis is looming in Lombok, where thousands have been left homeless and in desperate need of clean, water, food, medicine and shelter.

Mr Nugroho told BBC yesterday there were 259 people confirmed dead, 1,400 seriously injured and more than 270,000 displaced.

More than 120 people died in Kayangan as a result of the quake, according to the state-run Antara news agency.

"We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's natural disaster was exceptionally destructive", Christopher Rassi, the head of the assessment team for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement.

The Indonesian Red Cross is focusing relief efforts on the northern areas of Lombok where aid has not yet reached. Some villages have collapsed entirely.

The island was still recovering after two other recent earthquakes when the tremor happened. "The grandson tried to help the grandmother to get out but he pushed too hard", she said.

"People are always saying they need water and tarps", he said. Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages on Facebook using the word "selamat" - which can mean "safe" but also "congratulations" - triggering celebratory animations.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the 'Ring of Fire, ' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

The natural disaster killed more than 100 people in Lombok and injured hundreds of others, leaving thousands of locals homeless and tourists stranded.



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