JAKARTA, Aug. 11 (JDN.id) – Death toll from magnitude-7 earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara this week rose to 387 and is likely to increase according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Saturday that emergency response status is extended to another 14 days until Aug. 25.
Search and rescue operation is ongoing as rescuers try to find victims from debris. Nugroho admitted that some victims are still not getting aid as many transportation infrastructures including roads have been damaged.
“There are a lot of problems such as victims that need to be evacuated, hundreds of aftershocks occur. By extending the status of emergency response, it will ease access for logistic, aids and the use of human resources,” Nugroho said.
At least 13,688 people are injured and 387,067 others are displaced according to the agency.
More than 70,000 buildings, including houses, schools, mosques, hospitals, government offices are damaged because of the main earthquake and aftershocks.
According to Nugroho, there are some areas which have not received assistance especially in Gangga, Kayangan and Pemenang districts.
Displaced people urgently need tents, blankets, ready-to-eat food, rice, portable toilet, drinking water, clean water, instant noodles, clothes, sleeping-mate, electricity, health services and trauma healing, Nugroho said, urging people to donate.
Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency recorded at least 355 aftershocks occurred following magnitude-7 earthquake, including the magnitude-6.2 quake on Thursday.