FG condoles Indonesia over natural disaster

Cracked temple

Buildings have been destroyed all over the island

"To get an worldwide assistance coming from out of Indonesia especially in the form of goods and personnel, the procedure is first to get confirmation from central government that this is a national-scale disaster and not a provincial one", he said.

Separately, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed grocery store in the north, near the epicentre of the quake, the second tremor to rock the tropical island in a week.

Rescue workers were also digging under the rubble of a mosque in the north of the island shattered by Sunday's 6.9 magnitude natural disaster, hopeful that at least one of four people trapped inside was still alive. A distraught Muhamad Juanda said on Tuesday that "people were praying in two rows; there are about 50 people in each row so a total of 100 people praying inside the mosque".

"President Jokowi promised that government will assist with 50 million rupiah [about $4600] for each house flattened, but we don't know when that will be".

There are obvious parallels to its sibling across the Lombok Strait: the sacred volcano, the lush rice fields around Tetebatu, the vibrant scene on the tiny, car-free Gili islands off the northwest coast and the sweeping beaches and dramatic promontories of the south coast.

British holidaymakers have told of panic and confusion as they waited to be evacuated from the small islands, after local authorities demanded money before allowing people on to the rescue boats.

The death toll rose to 131 and 1,477 were severely injured, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said in a briefing.

More than twenty-thousand locals have also fled their homes to find shelter, and the Indonesian military has sent humanitarian aid to help with the evacuation.

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

For many, food and water remains in short supply and people are afraid to return to their homes - that is if they are still standing.

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Nugroho said the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue crews reach more affected areas.

"You're safe, mister", says one of the soldiers as emotion overcomes the man, clad in Islamic robes, and villagers crowd around him. By nightfall they were pulling out, saying other areas, including another collapsed mosque, needed their heavy equipment and workers more urgently. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them. Many got out but dozens were trapped, he said.

Speaking to Khaleej Times from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Mulraney has described the horror of being stranded on the island after the quake hit the area, along with thousands of other tourists and locals who did not have a way of escaping the island as there weren't enough boats or rescue teams available.

Sunday's quake, recorded at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey (revised down from 7.0), struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers in the northern part of Lombok, triggering a brief tsunami warning.

TRT World's Jack Hewson reports. Many were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged.

"The efforts to evacuate people have been intensified, but there are still a lot of problems on the ground", Mr Sutopo said.

TRT World's Aishe Jamal has more.

The geophysics agency had issued a tsunami warning after the quake struck at 7.46 p.m. local time but it was lifted nearly two hours later after the agency detected low rising tides.

Todd, from Northbridge, told Fairfax Media at Lombok airport that he and his wife had spent a night sleeping in a carpark after the quake hit.

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