Bodies of missing father, two kids recovered from quake rubble: Rescue agency

Bodies of missing father, two kids recovered from quake rubble: Rescue agency

Illustration. Houses damaged by an earthquake in Kayangan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). (ANTARA PHOTO/Zabur Karuru)

N Lombok, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - After nine days of search, members of the National Search and Rescue Agency`s (Basarnas) quick-response team have finally discovered the bodies of a father and his two kids, who went missing since a strong quake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Aug 5.

The bodies of Lalu Hendra Ziriadi, 33, and his two kids, nine-year-old Lutfi and 1.7-year-old Fatih, had been recovered on Wednesday morning from the rubble of their house destroyed by the landslide on the edge of a steep cliff, Head of Mataram city`s Basarnas office I Nyoman Sidakarya said here on Thursday.

"Our quick-response team members recovered the bodies of the victims who were buried in the landslide," he said, adding that the rescue workers had been searching for the residents of Dompo Indah Hamlet in Kayangan Subdistrict, North Lombok District, since Aug 8, or three days after the magnitude 7 earthquake hit the island.

According the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the Lombok Island earthquake has caused the West Nusa Tenggara Province to suffer from material losses of more than Rp5.04 trillion (US$1=Rp14,625).

The agency`s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, stated that the death toll had reached 436 as of early this week, with 374 of the victims in North Lombok District areas.

The remaining fatalities were found in the districts of West Lombok (37), East Lombok (12), and Central Lombok (2), as well as Mataram city (9) and Denpasar in Bali Island (2), he remarked.

The strong quake also caused 783 people to sustain serious injuries and 570 others to get slightly wounded. The quake also forced more than 20 thousand people to take refuge, he explained, adding that North Lombok District suffered the highest number of fatalities and wounded survivors due to its close proximity to the earthquake`s epicenter.

Among the displaced people were the residents of Wadon Hamlet of Kekait Village, Gunung Sari Subdistrict, West Lombok District.

Adi, a local resident who is taking refuge with many of his neighbors in a safer place, noted that many of the refugees were in need of clean water supplies to meet their daily needs.

"We want the government to provide us with clean water supply," he told Antara on Wednesday.

The clean water supply could be used for bathing, washing dirty clothes, and toilet use, he stated, adding that he and other refugees rely on bottled water from donators and government`s humanitarian aid packages for drinking.

The local residents also use water pumped from drilled wells for drinking. "But the stock of water that we pump from drilled wells is so limited that it cannot meet the needs of the whole refugees," Adi revealed.

There are 600 people taking refuge in a primary school compound in Wadon Hamlet of Kekait Village, while the total number of refugees across the hamlet is expected to reach at least 1.5 thousand people, he elaborated.

They stay in several temporary shelters under poor conditions. "The condition of all temporary shelters around the hamlet is relatively bad, with displaced people facing scarcity of clean water, tents, and blankets," Adi noted.

The recent strong quake has not just caused many people to become homeless but has also made them suffer from severe trauma, he added.

Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province has thrice been hit by strong earthquakes. The first quake, measuring 6.4 on Richter Scale, rocked the resort island on July 29, while the second major quake hit it on Aug 5.

On Aug 9, another major quake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, again hit Lombok when workers were still busy looking for victims being buried under the rubble of buildings that collapsed after the magnitude 7 earthquake shook the island.

Reported by Dhimas Budi Pratama
Edited by Rahmad Nasution, Bustanudin