Lombok natural disaster death toll rises to 105 amid search for survivors

People affected by the earthquake rest at a temporary shelter in Lombok Indonesia Sunday Aug. 5 2018. —AP

A Dunedin couple were among the thousands of tourists caught up in the confusion and panic as they waited to be evacuated from a small island near the coast of Lombok, after the powerful 6.9-magnitude quake struck on Sunday.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake destroyed thousands of buildings and triggered panic among tourists and locals on Lombok on Sunday, just a week after a tremor had surged through the holiday island and killed 17. Guntur said the food truck had been effective, practical and economical for tourists, noting that its existence will be evaluated for future use.

The government on Tuesday "expressed its condolences" to the government and the people of Indonesia following the loss of lives and injuries suffered after a massive natural disaster.

The quake has left at least 98 dead and devastated much of the infrastructure in Lombok.

As hopes of finding more survivors faded, a humanitarian crisis loomed for thousands left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

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Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, in Lombok for a regional security meeting, said he and his delegation were eating dinner in their hotel's 12th floor restaurant when the quake struck, plunging the building into darkness and throwing people to the floor. "But they're working too slowly", said Masin, the brother-in-law, as ambulances passed by, sirens wailing. "They should be bringing in heavy equipment to speed this up".

According to Silverius Tasman from the organization Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, a partner of Save the Children in Indonesia, many people were sleeping in makeshift shelters in rice fields or on the roadside. "This is what we call a calamity and we can't prevent it", he said.

Rescuers pulled a body from a pancaked pile of broken concrete and twisted reinforcing bar that once held together the multi-storey Jabal Nur Mosque, whose green dome had shattered and collapsed.

Sanisah said her family home no longer had walls, and had escaped the natural disaster with just the clothes on their back, and had barely enough food or water and had not yet received assistance from the Indonesian government.

Large earthquakes are often followed by less-powerful aftershocks.

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Overnight to Tuesday, two more strong after shocks of 5.4 and 5.5 hit Lombok, with each lasting around 10 seconds.

He said the joint team, made up of rescue workers and military personnel, combed through collapsed buildings to look for victims still trapped in the rubble in the most affected areas in North Lombok Regency and West Lombok Regency. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

By Tuesday evening, the search effort at the mosque ended after dogs failed to find more bodies and no other families reported missing loved ones there, said Anak Agung Alit Supartana, who heads the region's Search and Rescue Agency office. There had been reports that dozens of people were killed at the site.

The West Sumatra government has donated one tonne of its most famous culinary export, beef rendang - a slow-cooked coconut curry.

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

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