Indonesian quake death toll now 555
JAKARTA: As many as 555 people were killed and more than 1500 people were injured after a strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombol Island.
According to the disaster agency, hundreds of thousands left homeless and the rescue operation was continue in the quake affected area.
The picturesque island next to holiday hotspot Bali was hit by two deadly quakes on July 29 and August 5. On Sunday it was shaken by a string of fresh tremors and aftershocks, with the strongest measuring 6.9 magnitude.
Indonesia’s disaster agency said Friday most of the deaths occurred in the northern part of Lombok, with several also killed in neighboring Sumbawa Island.
Many victims were killed by falling debris as the tremors rippled across the island, causing widespread devastation.
The agency added that around 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes.
Aid organizations have vowed to step up humanitarian assistance on the island as devastated residents struggle in makeshift displacement camps.
Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide and many of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.
In 2004, a massive 9.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia alone (AFP).