Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left nearly 100 people dead.Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror, with thousands of buildings damaged, and power and communication lines cut.Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands.Aid agencies said the priority was to provide shelter for residents too scared to return to their homes. The agencies said the impact was far bigger than another quake that hit Lombok last week, killing 16 people.
British tourists have spoken of confusion and panic as they waited to be evacuated from small islands off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia, which was hit by a powerful earthquake.Holidaymakers on Gili Trawangan described how buildings collapsed around them on Sunday night and locals led tourists to higher ground after tsunami warnings sounded.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said it expected the death toll to rise once the rubble of more than 13,000 flattened and damaged houses was cleared away after the second powerful quake in a week.
Power and communications were severed in some areas, with landslides and a collapsed bridge blocking access to areas around the quake epicenter in the north – forcing rescue teams to bring in the heavy machinery.
The military said it would send a ship with medical aid, supplies and logistics support.
Indonesia sits on the geologicallyactive Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.