Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island


An estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by the massive natural disaster Rescue teams on Tuesday also continued searching under debris from collapsing buildings for more survivors, reports Efe news.

Some said they felt stranded and complained about a lack of coordination and affordable transport to the tourist hub of Senggigi or Lombok's airport, where dozens slept on the floor overnight awaiting flights out.

Rescuers were using heavy duty cutting equipment on Tuesday to prize apart the tangled mound of debris.

The government on Tuesday "expressed its condolences" to the government and the people of Indonesia following the loss of lives and injuries suffered after a massive natural disaster.

"I was in sheer panic, we all were", Montgomery-Lay, 41, told The Canadian Press on Monday from her hotel, adding that she and her family were not injured in the quake.

"We still need long-term aid, even though we have already received help from various (regional) governments", national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place", Wibowo told AFP.

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More than 20 000 people are believed to have been made homeless on Lombok‚ with 236 severely injured‚ and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.

Authorities said all the tourists who wanted to be evacuated from three outlying vacation islands due to power blackouts and damage to hotels had left by boat, some 5,000 people in all.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

On Gili Trawangan, one of three popular vacation islands near Lombok, thousands of tourists and residents spent Sunday night on a hill because of tsunami fears, said British visitor Saffron Amis.

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups, and the central government have begun organizing aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's temblor, killing those inside.

The Straits Times saw an excavator digging through the rubble of the mosque as anxious villagers looked on, hoping that people were still alive under the ruins.

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Speaking to the BBC, he said: "The flight was just terrible".

"Hearing about lots of people dying because of this tragedy is very sad", Rankuti said. He said no foreign tourists are among the dead.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning, and frightened people rushed from their homes to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

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

The country sits on the Ring of Fire, a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

There had been a half-hour evacuation at the Lombok airport following the quake because the electricity went off.

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