Lombok quake damages over 4,300 buildings

Lombok quake damages over 4,300 buildings

Rescue workers used heavy equipment to open ruins of collapsed Nurul Iman Mosque building which collapsed as a result of Sunday's 7-magnitude earthquake that hit Lombok. (ANTARA Photo/Zabur Karuru)

Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - An earthquake, measuring 7.0 on Richter scale, which rocked West Nusa Tenggara Province at 6.46 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) on Sunday, had destroyed a total of 4,347 buildings.

The damaged buildings were found in six sub-districts, according to first assistant of the Mataram City Regional Secretariat, Lalu Martawang, in Mataram on Tuesday.

Martawang further stated that the damaged buildings, which include mosques and school buildings, were divided into three categories, namely 531 heavily damaged units; 1,522 moderately damaged units; and 2,294 slightly damaged units.

According to him, the government will help repair the damaged buildings.

"We can arrange assistance for the construction after all the residents return to their homes permanently," Martawang remarked.

Meanwhile, the city government had distributed assistance in the form of food (rice) to the people who have been evacuated, including mineral water and instant noodles for residents.

The city government has also distributed aid in the form of underwear for women and men, sanitary napkins, pampers, baby and child needs, tarps, tents, and the other needs for the displaced people.

"We also opened a disaster emergency post in the yard of the city mayor`s office, as an information center, to channel aid to people in need. This post will be open until Aug 11, 2018," he remarked.

The earthquake, followed by aftershocks, which rocked Lombok and Sumbawa Islands in the NTB province on Sunday night, has left at least 91 dead and injured 209 others.

The Sunday night (Aug 4) quake almost had the same epicenter as the magnitude 6.4 quake which hit the province on July 29 this year.

As many as 230 aftershocks jolted Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, since the powerful earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale on Sunday evening.

Of the total 230 aftershocks, some 16 of the aftershocks were strongly felt by local inhabitants, Hary Tjatmiko, spokesman of the Meteorology, Geophysics, and Climatology Agency (BMKG), noted in a statement, here, on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, at 1:21 a.m. western Indonesian standard time (WIB), NTB was shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale.

The quake`s epicenter was located at 8.18 degrees southern latitude and 116.29 degrees eastern longitude and at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to BMKG.

Reporting by Nirkomala
Editing by Bustanuddin, Yoseph Hariyadi