In quake-hit Indonesia, thousands in need of humanitarian aid

In Lombok island, Indonesia, the number of the victims of the disastrous earthquake of the past weekend, exceeded a hundred with more bodies found under the rubble of buildings.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Wednesday, August 7, that a humanitarian crisis looms for thousands left homeless by the disaster in the rural area, where clean water, food, medicine and shelter are desperately needed.

The representative of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, on Tuesday, August 7, put the death toll at 105, among them two on the neighbouring island of Bali and the figure was expected to rise.

Majority of the victims were killed by falling rubble in northern and western Lombok.

This is the second major earthquake in the Indonesian resort island, as on July 29, it was hit by another powerful 6.4 quake a week earlier on July 29, taking the lives of 17 people and injuring several hundred more.

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