Indonesia survivor says many buried in mosque


"Our little paradise island that we have called home has taken a hit and the foundation of our island and its businesses, which are the local people, have taken the biggest hit of all". CBS2's Ben Tracy reports.

A resident inspects a mosque damaged by an quake in North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Boats have also been sent to the nearby Gili islands to collect more than a thousand tourists stranded there. Indonesian authorities said Monday that rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the tourist island of Lombok after a powerful quake flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing a number of people and shaking neighboring Bali.

The toll of at least 98 dead is expected to rise as rescuers reach more devastated areas.

An operation was underway on Tuesday to evacuate thousands of tourists who were stranded after a deadly natural disaster jolted Indonesia's Lombok Island killing 98 people and injuring over 200 others. Among the many buildings destroyed on Lombok were two homes which housed around 80 underprivileged children.

A young woman has been pulled from rubble as rescuers in Lombok in Indonesia continue to search for survivors following a devastating natural disaster. The number of victims was unknown. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. Just days earlier, on July 29, another deadly quake, this one a magnitude 6.4, hit the same area.

Almost 2,500 people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

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Sarah Feeney, from Newport, and her boyfriend Adam Foley, from Dublin, were staying in Bali in Indonesia when two deadly earthquakes struck the neighbouring island of Lombok, causing major damage to Lombok, the Gili islands and Bali. "The customers managed to escape, but he himself didn't", Sahril said. More than 230 aftershocks were recorded by Tuesday morning, BMKG data showed.

"Thousands more, tourists and hotel workers, are still in the process of being evacuated out of the three island", the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said in a statement on Monday evening. "We just want to get off Lombok".

Users took to Facebook to express concern for those affected by the quake, employing the Indonesian word "selamat"-which can mean safe or unhurt, but can also mean congratulations depending on the context". On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to evacuation centres.

The tsunami warning was eventually lifted. Many slept outside at night as they were afraid to go into their houses. "The locals were screaming and shouting and we had no idea as to what was going on".

"I thought 'Why are they leaving me behind?' But I couldn't blame them because they were trying to save themselves", he said.

"There has been no help at all here", said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village.

On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and residents spent Sunday night on a hill because of tsunami fears, said British visitor Saffron Amis.