Indonesia Earthquake: Thousands Flock To Packed Beaches For Rescue
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- More than 100 have been killed after a powerful earthquake shook Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok
- There have been chaotic scenes as tourists scramble to beaches to be rescued by boat from paradise islands
- Some described fleeing to high ground in the darkness amid fears 7.0 magnitude quake would trigger tsunami
- Children’s hospital appealed for help as patients are left sleeping outside while desperate locals clean up
- Harrowing photos capture the horrific aftermath of Indonesia’s earthquake which struck on Sunday evening
- The same island was hit by another 6.4-magnitude earthquake which struck just last week, killing 16 people
Thousands of tourists have scrambled to packed beaches to be rescued from paradise islands in Indonesia after a devastating earthquake that is feared to have left at least 140 dead.
Footage shows holidaymakers crammed onto palm tree-fringed beaches on Gili Trawangan – some having spent the night outdoors waiting to be rescued from the island.
Chaotic scenes unfolded as tremors shook the area on Sunday with many grabbing life jackets and sprinting for higher ground in the darkness amid fears of a tsunami.
The 7.0-magnitude tremor hit the island of Lombok and outlying islands at about 6.45pm, with rescuers still battling to reach the worst affected areas. There are reports that many worshippers are trapped in the ruins of a collapsed mosque while harrowing pictures show children being treated inside makeshift hospitals.
Other photos show people lined up inside tents with bloodied bodies and broken limbs as they desperately await treatment for their injuries.
Dramatic footage shows thousands of people packed on to beaches in the hope of being evacuated from the tropical Gili Islands where there were reports 19 had been killed
Footage shows holidaymakers crammed onto palm tree-fringed beaches on Gili Trawangan – some having spent the night outdoors waiting to be rescued from the island
So far, at least 91 people have been confirmed dead but Rosiady Sayuti, secretary to the West Nusa Tenggara provincial administration, told Indonesia’s Metro TV that 142 people had been killed.
Terrifying footage taken during the quake shows people running in panic from homes and hotels in Lombok and nearby Bali.
A video shared to social media showed terrified shoppers fleeing a mall in Bali as aftershocks rippled through the tourist hot-spot.
Rescuers on Monday searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools that were destroyed in the latest disaster which struck on Sunday evening.
An operation was also under way Monday to evacuate some 1,200 tourists from the Gili Islands, three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands a few miles off the northwest coast of Lombok that are particularly popular with backpackers and divers.
Tourists have described the terror and confusion of being caught up in the Indonesian earthquake.
British holidaymaker James Kelsall described scenes of terror and chaos on an Indonesian island following Sunday night’s quake.
The 28-year-old from Woodford Green in London, had been visiting palm-fringed Gili Trawangan with his partner, Helen.
The couple became stranded after a magnitude 7.0 quake laid waste to the island of Lombok and the surrounding area – in the second quake they had experienced during their holiday.
Speaking from a beach as he awaited evacuation, the teacher told the Press Association: ‘There were lots of injuries and pain on the island from buildings that had collapsed onto people. The most terrifying part was the tsunami warning that followed.
‘All the locals were frantically running and screaming, putting on life jackets.
‘We followed them up to higher ground, which was a steep, uneven climb to the top of a hill in darkness.’
Mr Kelsall said he had been travelling to a restaurant on the opposite side of the island to his accommodation when the quake struck.
‘The ground started shaking, it was difficult to stand,’ he said.
‘There was rumbling and then all the power went off. We ran to the beach to be clear of buildings which we could hear falling all around.’
He added: ‘It was literally the most terrifying thing I have experienced and the uncertainty of the tsunami, I had pictures of Thailand in my head from when it happened there.’