Australian mum relives her desperate attempts to leave earthquake-struck Indonesian island

Australian mum relives her desperate attempts to leave earthquake-struck Indonesian island

Australian mum relives her desperate attempts to leave earthquake-struck Indonesian island

An operation was underway on Tuesday to evacuate thousands of tourists who were stranded after a deadly quake jolted Indonesia's Lombok Island killing 98 people and injuring over 200 others.

A magnitude-7.0 natural disaster hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok Sunday evening. Water, food and medical supplies were being distributed from lorries.

Military planes have since been scrambled to bring food, medicine, tents and water to island residents in desperate need of aid.

Indonesian authorities said Monday that rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the tourist island of Lombok after the powerful natural disaster flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing a large number of people and shaking neighboring Bali.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll from the magnitude-7 quake that struck the island on Sunday evening has risen from 91 to 98, including two deaths in Bali and 236 injured.

The death toll rose to 131 on Wednesday, as hopes of finding more survivors faded.

More than 20,000 people have reportedly been displaced from their homes.

Among other major buildings to collapse were a health clinic, government offices and other public facilities, he said.

After waiting in a queue for seven hours, Mulraney and her friend managed to get on a boat, which evacuated them to a bigger ship and then on to the airport.

Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5000 people and planned to intensify aid delivery. It is expected to rise further because authorities believe people have been hit and killed by buildings including mosques, health clinics and houses which have collapsed.

Official advcie reads: "If you're planning to travel to Bali, Lombok or the Gili Islands in the coming days, you should keep your travel plans under close review and seek the advice of your transport and accommodation providers before travelling, and ensure that you have contingency plans and travel insurance in place".

Lombok had already been hit on 29 July by a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

"President Jokowi promised that government will assist with 50 million rupiah [about $4600] for each house flattened, but we don't know when that will be".

"A backhoe has been deployed to search for victims trapped under the rubble of a mosque in Lading-Lading village as they were praying when the quake struck", Nugroho said. "That's where the epicentre was; we wanted to go to Bali".

A 66-year-old village elder, Supardi, said a magnitude-6.4 quake that hit Lombok a week earlier had caused countless cracks in the mosque's walls.

He was hosting a welcoming dinner for his regional counterparts and their delegations from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Myanmar when the quake struck.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

Lombok airport's general manager said airlines had laid on extra flights and his staff had been providing blankets and snacks.

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