105 dead, 236 injured and 20,000 displaced – The balance of Lombok’s earthquake
CNN reports that the death toll after the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian Island of Lombok over the weekend has reached 105.
“Another 236 people have been injured in the quake, according to the government’s disaster management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who told the Antara News Agency that the casualty numbers could rise as the search continued for survivors.”
More than 20,000 people have been displaced since the 6.9-magnitude quake struck Lombok, a popular tourist destination, on Sunday night.
Over 130 aftershocks have struck as rescue teams search for life in the rubble of flattened buildings. In the more residential and less developed area in the north of the island, officials have reported that 80 per cent of the buildings have fallen down.
Rescuers are rushing to provide medical help, safe water, food and shelter for survivors, and tourists remain stranded on beaches or camping out in the lobbies of damaged hotels as they wait to leave.
The UK Independent reported that authorities on the earthquake ravaged island of Lombok were allegedly demanding money from tourists before they would let them onto rescue boats.
In the meantime Indonesian soldiers have pulled a man alive from the ruins of a mosque destroyed by the earthquake.