Indonesia disaster agency spokesperson says Lombok earthquake caused 'massive' damage

2018-08-06 09:37

An Indonesian disaster agency spokesperson says the Lombok earthquake caused "massive" damage in north of island.

Authorities say foreign and Indonesian tourists are being evacuated from popular vacation islands off the northwest of Lombok following Sunday's powerful earthquake that killed at least 82 people.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there were no fatalities among tourists on the three islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

He said three ships had evacuated 1 000 tourists so far.

Four agencies including the military and the national search and rescue agency are involved in the evacuation.

Thousands of homes were damaged by a powerful earthquake on Sunday on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok.

Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 82 with hundreds injured. Most of the deaths were caused by collapsing houses.

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