At least 142 dead after quake strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

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Al least 142 people have been killed because of the natural disaster, mainly from debris of collapsing buildings. All but two of were killed on Lombok; the others died on Bali.

"Hopefully, now, with the arrival of heavy equipment, we can get her remains back", said Husni, another family member.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday more than 156,003 refugees had been created by the quake, a day after admitting assistance had not reached all because of road closures, and markets and shops standing empty.

Nugroho told a news briefing on Monday some areas there were cut off after bridges collapsed.

As hopes of finding more survivors faded, a humanitarian crisis loomed for thousands left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands - three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok - has finished, officials said.

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

'We have tried to get on many boats.

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

"We've had light earthquakes in the past, but never anything like this", said Marcel De Rijk, owner of Lombok boutique hotel chain Puri Mas Resort, whose beachside hotel and villas will stay closed until September for repairs.

Reuters witnesses said the quake woke up residents and tourists, who ran out of their hotels.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "The flight was just bad".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was dining at a restaurant on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel when the quake struck.

The tremors in Lombok on Sunday came just one week after a powerful 6.4-magnitude natural disaster struck the popular Indonesian tourist destination, killing 16 people and injuring at least 162.

The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said on Twitter it had rescued more than 3,000 people from the Gilis by Monday evening and many more were yet to be evacuated.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighborhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed.

THE rescue team had done everything it could to recover the body of a man killed instantly when a massive quake brought down his home on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Immigration authorities said that seven foreigners - from Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, South Korea and the United States - were injured in the quake and are being treated in hospital.

Oxfam's local project manager in Lombok, Meili Narti, said there needed to better coordination of aid efforts between the government and the military.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning, and frightened people rushed from their homes to higher ground, particularly in North Lombok and Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

Like Bali, Lombok is known for pristine beaches and mountains.

That's because the region sits smack-dab along the so-called ring of fire-an imaginary, horseshoe-shape line that follows the rim of the Pacific Ocean and marks spots where several tectonic plates collide.