Woman pulled from Lombok rubble as quake death toll exceeds 100

Rescuers and policemen walk on top of a collapsed mosque as they try to find survivors after an earthquake hit on Sunday in Pemenang Lombok

Rescuers and policemen walk on top of a collapsed mosque as they try to find survivors after an earthquake hit on Sunday in Pemenang Lombok

Salama, 52, was at a prayer class in the mosque of Karangpangsor village when the 6.9-magnitude quake struck the tropical holiday island on Sunday evening, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless as buildings collapsed.

The death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said Wednesday, with some 156,000 forced from their homes.

The authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.

Military planes have since been scrambled to bring food, medicine, tents and water to island residents in desperate need of aid.

It's three days now since that quake ravaged the northern region of Lombok and rescuers continue to despair at the lack of response from beneath the rubble of so many buildings across the north of the island. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise.

Roads between villages such Kayangan and Gangga in the far north of the island were cracked wide open - in some places by more than a foot - bridges have suffered extensive damage, huge trees have been ripped out of the ground and evidence of landslides was frequent.

But the rescuers and heavy equipment were, "very much needed elsewhere, so we made a decision to shift the operation" to other locations, Mr Supartana said.

He and his family had briefly returned to their homes, he said, to claim the food and water they could but that was now running out.

"Most foreign tourists have been evacuated", Yusuf Latif, national search and rescue team spokesman, told AFP.

Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5000 people and planned to intensify aid delivery. Amid collapsed homes, most hotels seemed to have shut and beaches were deserted.

Bali has also sustained damage, where two were confirmed dead after tremors struck.

So far, up to 2,700 tourists have been moved from the Gili Island.

Juanda said: "I stayed (inside) during the first shock but the shock grew stronger and we rolled around trying to run out and I was already outside. when the mosque collapsed".

Rescuers dug through the rubble of a mosque on Wednesday where an unknown number of people were suspected buried.

Camera IconA man inspects the ruins of houses at a village affected by Sunday's natural disaster in Kayangan, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

According to Caruso, even though the Lombok natural disaster occurred on land, it struck right along the coastline, where subsequent landslides into the sea could trigger tsunamis.

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

He added 80 percent of buildings had been damaged or destroyed.

"Our little paradise island that we have called home has taken a hit and the foundation of our island and its businesses, which are the local people, have taken the biggest hit of all".

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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