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Indonesia Earthquake: What You Should Know

10 August 2018

In a separate Facebook post, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has set up a counter at Lombok International Airport to provide consular assistance to Singaporeans affected by the recent quake in Lombok.

Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven, are said to have been shaken by the event but are all unharmed.

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 natural disaster struck on Sunday.

On July 29th there was a 6-point-4 magnitude quake that left at least 17 people dead.

Tourists in nearby Bali have described the horror of aftershocks which were felt by celebrities such as US supermodel Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, and Take That singer Gary Barlow.

The quake in Lombok occurred at 7:46 p.m. local time, and has claimed the lives of at least 90 people and injured 64.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning, and frightened people poured out of their homes to move to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok, a less-developed island compared with its more famous neighbor Bali, where the strong tremors caused panic and damaged buildings.

There are fears the death toll will rise as workers with heavy machinery claw through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hopes of finding any survivors fading.

"You're safe, mister", said one of the soldiers as emotion overcame the man, clad in Islamic robes, and villagers crowded around him.

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"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) told reporters in Jakarta.

MFAT say if family members have concerns about a New Zealand-citizen family member, they should try to contact them directly first, including by social media.

Officials said that more than 80,000 people are believed to have been made homeless.

Global charity Oxfam said drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

"A lot of debris, a lot of doors blown out, ceilings fallen through, people screaming, walking down", he said, describing the scene as they evacuated.

'We still have no wifi and very little power.

Aid agency Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelters to 5,000 survivors, but the need was much greater, with more than 20,000 estimated to have been displaced.

A child injured in the quake receives oxygen at a makeshift hospital in Tanjung, North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

"When it happened, we stood with residents in the middle of the street and watched houses collapse around us", said Yustrianda Sirio, supervisor of a group of university students from Java doing a community service program in East Lombok.

"But we felt the bed moving and swaying, then ran for the stairs, everyone in the building had to be evacuated, and same in all other buildings around, the street was full of people".

Indonesia Earthquake: What You Should Know