Death toll in Lombok quake rises to 108

Death toll in Lombok quake rises to 108

Members of the national SAR Agency (Basarnas) and volunteers look for victims buried in the ruins of the Nurul Iman Mosque which was damaged by the earthquake in Pemenang, North Lombok, North Lombok, NTB, Tuesday (07/08/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Zabur Karuru)

North Lombok, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The death toll from the powerful magnitude-7 earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok rose to 108 as of 00:00 Wednesday, Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Willem Rampangilei said.

"The number of injured reaches 134," Rampangilei said after a coordination meeting on the handling of Lombok quake on Tuesday.

He predicted the number of injured may increase.

"As many as 50 patients have undergone operation. In total, 87 patients will have to undergo operation. The remaining 37 patients are waiting for facilities to have open and closed bone operations," he said.

The challenge facing medical workers is the higher number of patients who are traumatized to stay indoors in the aftermath of a powerful magnitude 7 quake, he said.

"They are still traumatized. Most of them are not willing to stay at building while they are undergoing operation or after they have undergone operation. They want to be treated outdoors," he said.

He said a joint medical team continued to find and rescue victims who are still trapped beneath the debris of damaged buildings.

"The search and rescue of victims is still going on in two hardest-hit areas of Lading-Lading and Bangsal. Two units of heavy-duty equipment have been mobilized in Lading-Lading, while rescue workers are still trying (to find victims) in Bangsal," he said.

Reported by Nur Imansyah
Edited by Suharto, Andi Abdussalam

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