Survivor rescued from mosque flattened in Indonesia quake


A woman on Tuesday was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed grocery store in the north, near the epicentre of Sunday's 6.9 magnitude quake, the second tremor to rock the tropical island in a week.

Local authorities, global relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors.

All the tourists have been evacuated to nearby seaports of Bangsal, Benoa and Lembar from the three tourism attraction islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, in West Nusa Tenggara province, the spokesman said.

The Istanbul-based agency distributed first aid material, food, water, blanket, cloth and tent in Indonesia's eastern Lambok island, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday. She described the panic to get off the island with overcrowded boats setting off for Lombok and injured passengers being pushed off.

"This is an emergency situation [because] many passengers are coming; hence [the airport] will operate for 24 hours", said Lombok International Airport general manager I Ngurah Ardita in Lombok on Monday.

A woman is treated for her wounds at a rescue camp in Lombok islands.

Hotel rooms were provided free for the affected foreign tourists after the evacuation from the three islands, he said.

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Lombok island is just east of Bali island and less developed.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

The shallow tremor sent thousands of residents and tourists scrambling outdoors, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude rattled the island. Many were yet to be attended to despite spending the night out in the open. "I do hope the government can help", she said. Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile,"Majdi told AFP". Ruslan hospital in Mataram on Monday.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the quake struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently.

Bali's global airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal. "We brought in a sniffer dog and used saws and a drill but we can't figure out where he is", said Aprintinus Titus, a rescue worker from the National Search and Rescue Agency. "The EU has set up a common consulate support center at Lombok airport and we will continue to monitor the situation".

In 2014, a devastating tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.