Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers on Lombok Island on Monday (06/08), after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 killed at least 98 people and prompted an exodus of tourists. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said it expected the death toll to rise once the rubble of more than 13,000 flattened and damaged houses was cleared away. Power and communications were severed in some areas, with landslides and a collapsed bridge blocking access to areas around the quake epicenter in the north. The military said it would send a ship with medical aid, supplies and logistics support.
A motorcyclist passes a house destroyed by the Lombok earthquake in Pemenang, Tanjung, North Lombok, on Monday (06/08). (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)
Tourists leave a demolished guesthouse in Pemenang. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)
Earthquake victims are treated at the North Lombok General Hospital in Tanjung. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)
Members of the Indonesian Military carry the bodies of the earthquake's victims. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)
Family members stay by the bodies of their loved ones. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)
Evacuees offer prayers in makeshift tents in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)