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Sub-Regional Meeting on Counterterrorism Postponed After Lombok Earthquakes

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Charlie Simmons | 10 August, 2018, 07:23

In a separate Facebook post, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has set up a counter at Lombok International Airport to provide consular assistance to Singaporeans affected by the recent quake in Lombok.

North Lombok Regency has posted the largest number of casualties - at least 78 people dead and 64 others injured.

"All five have been accounted for and are safe", said the statement.

That was a rare piece of good news as hopes of finding more survivors faded and a humanitarian crisis loomed for thousands left homeless by the disaster in the rural area and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

She was in the Christchurch natural disaster and said she "can't even begin to explain how much more terrifying it was".

Officials said an operation is now underway to evacuate thousands of tourists from Lombok and nearby islands.

Oxfam said more than 20,000 people were in temporary shelters and thousands more were camping out in the open.

Lombok had already been hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 29 that killed 17 people and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the quake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131.

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Global charity Oxfam said drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

Thousands of tourists have left Lombok since Sunday, fearing further earthquakes, some on extra flights added by airlines and others on ferries to Bali.

"A lot of debris, a lot of doors blown out, ceilings fallen through, people screaming, walking down", he said, describing the scene as they evacuated.

Through what she says was "sheer luck", the family heard that two boats would be taking people off the island Monday morning, and made a decision to take a chance.

Hundreds of tourists and workers were still trying to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged. "Then we heard a voice".

Across much of the island, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. "They do not have a water supply and not enough food", Tasman told AFP, after visiting Karang Bajo village in the island's north. "Children are the most vulnerable".

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen is now holidaying in Bali with singer husband John Legend and their two children Luna, two and Miles, three months.

Olivia Scott told the Herald she was on Gili Trawangan when the quake hit and described the events that followed as "a bloody shambles". "We ran out into the street and a friend and I stood in the parking area hanging on to a parked auto which was also swaying severely", said retiree Deborah Storck, who was about to eat dinner at a restaurant on Lombok's west coast when the quake hit. Many hotels closed because of damage but some allowed travellers to camp in their lobbies. 'It was a nightmare in my life'.

"There was a huge 100-metre tower everyone thought was going to fall on us too with all the aftershocks".

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