JAKARTA, Aug. 8 (JDN.id) – Indonesian officials have sent rescuers to evacuate 2,000 foreign tourists from Gili Islands, near Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, after a powerful earthquake killed at least 98 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
More than 1,800 people have been evacuated from Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan islands, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a team from the ministry and rescuers evacuated more than 350 people, which 90 percent of them were foreign tourists.
Until Wednesday, there are still dozens of foreigners waiting to be evacuated from Gili Meno, while in Gili Air three foreigners are in waiting.
Some foreigners have hired local residents’ boats to evacuate themselves to Lombok from Gili islands.
The government of Indonesia have been offered aids by more than 70 countries, including from the Embassy of England, France, Italy, Finland, Spain, Japan, Czech, and Portugal.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said that at least 20,000 people have lost their homes and many of them have moved to unaffected areas.
“The northern area of Lombok had suffered massive damage,” he said on Wednesday.
The impact of the earthquake was far bigger than the earthquake which hit Lombok on July 29.
Gili islands are located in the north-west of Lombok which become popular place for tourists and divers.