- The death toll from a catastrophic earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, is still rising.
- Authorities revised the figure to 131 on Wednesday and said it would keep increasing.
- Rescuers are still looking for victims, but are finding some areas hard to reach because bridges and roads have been destroyed.
The death toll from the catastrophic earthquake that hit an Indonesian tourist island has risen to 131 as rescuers continue to find bodies amid the debris.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency, revised the figure upwards on Wednesday afternoon, and said the number will keep increasing.
The death toll was 105 on Tuesday evening. There have been reports of other deaths, but they need to be verified, the Associated Press reported Nugroho as saying.
There have been some survivors, too. Nugroho posted this video of a worshipper being pulled out of the rubble of a mosque alive on Tuesday:
Alhamdulillah ada korban yang bisa diselamatkan dari masjid yang roboh diguncang gempa 7 SR di Desa Lading-Lading Kecamatan Tanjung Kabupaten Lombok Utara. Evakuasi masih terus dilakukan oleh tim SAR gabungan. Semoga banyak yang bisa diselamatkan. pic.twitter.com/hJ0NKZUB53
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) August 6, 2018
Rescuers are finding some remote areas hard to reach because bridges and roads have been destroyed by the earthquake.
Matthew Cochrane, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said according to Al Jazeera: „Teams are speaking of coming across ghost towns, villages that have essentially been abandoned.“
The magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Lombok island on Sunday evening, reducing many of the island’s buildings to rubble. People on the island of Bali, located 93 miles away, also experienced aftershocks.
Nearly 2,500 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries so far, and more than 156,000 were driven out of their homes due to extensive damage.
Some 5,000 tourists on the island have also been evacuated by boat.
Aid started reaching remote areas of Lombok on Wednesday afternoon, with the Indonesian military sending five planes worth of food, medicine, blankets, field tents, and water tankers to the region.
Sunday’s powerful earthquake came a week after a separate quake on Lombok killed 16 people.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it is situated in the „Ring of Fire,“ an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many tremors and volcanic eruptions occur.
Source: Business insider