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Indonesia survivor says many buried in mosque

08 Août 2018

Rescuers heard a weak voice coming from under the wreckage of a nearby two-storey mosque, where four people were believed to have been trapped when the building pancaked.

A 6.9 magnitude natural disaster has hit Indonesia, killing at least 98 people, injuring 269 and leaving 20,000 others reportedly homeless.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after the quake.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated.

While the locals had been "terrific" in offering help, the couple were now cutting short their holiday.

"Hopefully, now, with the arrival of heavy equipment, we can get her remains back", said Husni, another family member.

"It was pretty scary ... it was terrifying".

"People were climbing on top of each other because the plateau was just falling away", Mackenzie Irwin, who was at the summit during the quake event, told The Washington Post.

An injured woman lies at a temporary shelter in North Lombok.

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an natural disaster on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid on Tuesday (local time) and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels.

But the rescuers and heavy equipment were, "very much needed elsewhere, so we made a decision to shift the operation" to other locations, Mr Supartana said.

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

"I don't know how to rebuild on my own".

"Of course they are all sad", he said through a translator. "Hundreds of people were treated for injuries, some of them in the open air to avoid the risk of further injury".

She was later taken to hospital and given emergency aid by paramedics.

"So I wasn't able to rescue her when the quake struck". All but two of were killed on Lombok; the others died on Bali.

Writing on Twitter, they said: "An Indonesian Red Cross volunteer helped Sri Handayani give birth to her new born baby".

"I need food, I need clothes, I need anything that anyone can give me".

"Bali. Trembling. So long", Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers.

Lombok airport is packed with tourists trying to leave but locals must stay to pick up the pieces, bury the dead and rebuild their shattered lives.

Some Australian tourists caught a ferry to Bali. More than 230 people were seriously injured.

Evacuations from Lombok continue.

Fortunately, they now have shelter at their hotel and Montgomery-Lay said they feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the support they've already received.

Phil Turtle, from the Australia-Indonesia Business council, said he thought tourists would return. "We're hoping to hear there will be no quake again".

Indonesia survivor says many buried in mosque