Lombok earthquake: Thousands evacuated from Indonesian islands


At least 10,000 people have been evacuated from Lombok in the wake of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the Indonesian island on Sunday.

Nearly 100 people died and nearly 300 were injured in the destruction and chaos following the quake on Sunday, with thousands of buildings damaged and power and communications lines cut across the island.

Aid agencies said their current priority was to provide shelter for the terrified residents that are too scared to return to their homes. Three C-130 Hercules aircraft and two helicopters have been deployed to deliver tents and medical aid to the area, but the damage to roads and bridges has made logistics a difficult task.

President Joko Widodo has called for more flights to quickly evacuate casualties from the affected areas.

Boats have also been sent to evacuate the more than 1,000 tourists on the nearby Gili islands, a group of islands situated north-west of Lombok popular with divers and backpackers. Hotels in Bali also sustained damage.

Lombok and Bali airports remain operational, and the Foreign Office are providing consular assistance to British nationals on the islands.



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