‘Why are they leaving me?’ Indonesian abandoned in quake chaos

Hospital patients and relatives wait outside after being evacuated after an earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok island in Mataram

The death toll from a powerful quake that hit Indonesia's tourist island of Lombok topped 100 on Tuesday as rescuers found victims under wrecked buildings, while thousands left homeless in the worst-affected areas waited for aid to arrive.

Alimuddin's ordeal underlines the chaotic scenes across Lombok, a volcanic island to the east of Bali, after the shallow 6.9-magnitude quake struck Sunday evening.

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.

Footage of an Indonesian imam leading evening prayer in a Bali mosque during a deadly quake struck the neighbouring island of Lombok has gone viral, with people praising him for his indomitable faith.

Despite it being a popular tourist destination, no foreigners were recorded among the dead, BNPB spokesman Mr Nugroho told a news conference.

The death toll is expected to rise to about 140 as rescuers are struggling to reach the worst-affected areas where houses, schools and mosques have been reduced to rubble. More than 156,000 people were displaced by the quake.

"On behalf of the Government and people of Nigeria, we expressed our honest condolences to the government and people of Indonesia on the natural disaster that occurred in that country".

While poorly built structures toppled rapidly, much of the island's tourist infrastructure remains more intact than imagery would suggest.

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

The mother-of-two said they were able to find accommodation in Bali and now have to rethink their travel plans after losing many of their possessions when they fled the natural disaster.

The Irish woman said she thought they would be stuck on the island for days, especially when tiny boats were flooded with panicked locals and tourists. "Where should we go if we have no house anymore, nowhere to live?" said the mother of 15- and 9-year-old girls.

"We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque", Nugroho said Tuesday.

Following the magnitude-7 quake in Lombok on Sunday, August 5, the West Nusa Tenggara tourist office post along with the Lombok tourist polytechnic team operated a food truck at the West Nusa Tenggara tourist offices.

Officials say all the tourists on the Gili islands, off the coast of Lombok, have now been evacuated.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano. One Indonesian official told the BBC that 80 percent of the island had been impacted.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

The Bali and Lombok airports continued operating on Sunday night, according to the director general of civil aviation.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire, " an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean Basin.

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