Thou­sands left home­less by deadly quake on In­done­sian is­land

The Western Star - - WORLD -

SENGGIGI, Indonesia — Thou­sands left home­less by a pow­er­ful quake that rup­tured roads and flat­tened build­ings on the In­done­sian tourist is­land of Lom­bok shel­tered Mon­day night in makeshift tents as au­thor­i­ties said res­cuers hadn’t yet reached all dev­as­tated ar­eas and ex­pect the toll of 98 dead to climb.

It was the sec­ond deadly quake in a week to hit Lom­bok, a less-de­vel­oped is­land com­pared with its more fa­mous neigh­bour Bali, where the strong tremors caused panic and dam­aged build­ings.

A July 29 quake killed 16 peo­ple and dam­aged hun­dreds of houses on Lom­bok, some of which col­lapsed in Sun­day evening’s quake, mea­sured at mag­ni­tude 7.0 by In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties and 6.9 by the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. Dam­age was “mas­sive” in moun­tain­ous north­ern Lom­bok, where the quake was cen­tred, said Na­tional Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Agency spokesman Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho. In sev­eral dis­tricts, more than half the homes were de­stroyed or se­verely dam­aged.

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