Lombok quake death toll rises to 105 amid search for survivors

Foreign tourists wait for transportation after arriving from the nearby Gili islands at the port in Bangsal northern Lombok island on August 6. ─ AFP

Around 1,477 people have been severely injured in the latest quake, with tens of thousands of homes damaged, and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck.

The death toll now sits at 98, but that number is expected to climb as the natural disaster response continues. The devastation comes exactly a week after the region was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake that left at least 15 people dead and 162 injured.

As rescuers in Indonesia search for survivors of a pair of deadly earthquakes, Edmonton's small Indonesian community is searching for ways to support the relief effort.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

The quake sparked a tsunami warning which was later cancelled, the Jakarta Post reported.

Few buildings were left standing in Kayangan on the island's northern end, where residents told Reuters that as many as 40 died. He said his family is safe but continues to live with the threat of aftershocks.

"Thousands of people moved to scattered locations", Sutopo told a news conference in Jakarta.

Mr Sotopo also reminded NGOs in Lombok that they "must remain in hotel and can not do humanitarian aid" - though this did not apply to NGOs without local partners or offices.

Montgomery-Lay said they have reached out to the Canadian Consulate, but were told there was nothing officials could do to help them yet.

"We watched people trying to climb on to a boat and then watched as they were literally kicked off these already overloaded boats".

"We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque", Nugroho said Tuesday.

Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5000 people and planned to intensify aid delivery.

Villagers in Pemenang on Lombok's northwestern shoulder heard cries for help emerging from the mangled concrete of a collapsed minimart on Tuesday and alerted rescuers.

Rescuers have been using heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors.

"We are looking for access". They used their hands, crowbars and whatever they could to free her. Machinery was eventually brought in and she was pulled to safety after four hours.

A magnitude-7.0 natural disaster struck right along the coast of the Indonesian island of Lombok, near Loloan village Sunday night local time (Aug. 5), according to Indonesian authorities.

The magnitude 7.0 quake came a week after another quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

"There was a power outage, it was all black, we couldn't see anything. It was a bit hard for them to get food or passage [to Bali], so we chose to transport [them] here", Benoa Port authority chief Dwiyanto said in Bali on Tuesday.

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