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'People were screaming': Witness describes chaos when quake hit Gili Islands

10 August 2018
'People were screaming': Witness describes chaos when quake hit Gili Islands

A powerful quake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb.

A number of aftershocks between 5-5.6 magnitude have continued to rock the island and have been felt in Bali, Jember and Sidoarjo in East Java.

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"There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated", he said, adding some hotels had been damaged by the quake.

Video showed screaming people running in panic from houses in a Bali neighborhood and vehicles rocking.

"The third reason is that the houses' structures are not firm enough, lacking reinforced steel bars and a solid foundation", said Suardi, an official in the northern area of the Lombok Island.

Officials said hundreds of tourists had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, and boats were being scrambled to collect several hundred more who feared a tsunami would hit the islands.

Following a 7.0-magnitude natural disaster that struck Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday evening, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced a 50 percent discount on its cargo services for aid supplies to the island.

A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Board issued a statement that said the quake was felt in Mataran, Lombok's capital, as well as Sumbawa Island, to the east of Lombok, the New York Times reported.

Lombok is in a tsunami alert status following the issuance of early warning after an natural disaster measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale shook the NTB province on Sunday at 6.46 p.m.

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A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Lombok on July 29, killing 16 people.

"We then found out this morning that Gili T [Trawangan], Gili Meno and Gili Air were being evacuated by the Navy".

Plan International Indonesia spokeswoman Dini Widiastuti said the staff immediately sprang into action to assist with the evacuation to higher ground.

Search and rescue operation is underway. Some 236 people were injured and more than 20,000 displaced, he said.

Home Affairs Minister K.Shanmugam of Singapore described the natural disaster on Facebook as it shook violently the bulding in which he was staying.

My thoughts and prayers for everyone in Lombok and Bali. "We were knocked certainly to the floor", he told Australian radio.

"Everyone's a bit shaken, but all well, but people out in the villages or elsewhere haven't been so lucky, unfortunately".

The model, along with singer-husband John Legend and their two children, felt the shaking while on vacation in neighboring Bali on Sunday.

"We tried to go to the airport but there was no taxi, no transport, no plan for evacuation", French tourist Jina told Metro TV.

"Bali. Trembling. So long", she told her 10.6 million followers.