At least 91 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

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A Canadian family that was trapped in Indonesia following a deadly natural disaster has made it off the island of Lombok safely. "We have also asked private companies, construction companies to help by deploying their heavy equipment to participate (in the rescue efforts)", the governor said.

"Hopefully, maybe if you hear about that tragedy, maybe you can also help us", said Umi Rankuti, association vice-president.

Purwanto, in his response, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and the minister in particular for identifying with his country at the moment of pains.

An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck, in Lombok on 29 July, 2018.

People were said to be performing evening prayers when the roof caved in on top of them.

"That was my first experience with the natural disaster and it was really bad", said Lize Reert, a Belgian woman among the several thousand who fled Gili Trawangan.

The epicentre of the quake was in northern Lombok, a more residential, less developed part of the island.

A total of 8381 tourists, locals and workers of hotels and resorts on the three Gili islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno - had been evacuated as of late afternoon on Tuesday, BNPB said.

Nugroho told a news conference damage was "massive" in the north of Lombok.

"There are reports. that there are people buried alive, it is a critical time for immediate evacuation", he added, without giving details. "More than half of them have lost their houses".

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Sunday's shallow tremor sent thousands of residents and tourists scrambling outdoors in Lombok, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude rattled the island.

"We waited another day until we got pretty much the last boat off the island back here to Lombok to try to help out here and see what we can do to assist because there's absolutely no one here assisting".

Tourism directly contributed less than 2% to Indonesia's economy in 2017, far below Thailand and the Philippines, the World Travel and Tourism Council says.

A woman was pulled alive on Tuesday from under a grocery store that fell apart in the rural north of the tropical holiday island, near the epicenter of Sunday's quake.

"Hearing about lots of people dying because of this tragedy is very sad", Rankuti said.

However, hopes of finding more survivors are fading and a humanitarian crisis is looming for thousands left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

"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.

Sutopo said there were no fatalities among the local and foreign holidaymakers.

The warning was lifted after waves of just 15 centimetres (6 inches) high were recorded in three villages, said Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

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