Imam continues leading prayer during deadly Indonesia quake

Foreign tourists wait for transportation after arriving from the nearby Gili islands at the port in Bangsal northern Lombok island on August 6. ─ AFP

Foreign tourists wait for transportation after arriving from the nearby Gili islands at the port in Bangsal northern Lombok island on August 6. ─ AFP

One of the names she gave the baby boy was "Gempa", which means quake.

Irish expat Patricia Mulraney, 25, and her friend, Leona Reynolds, were on a speed boat enroute the Gili Trawangan Island, when the 6.9-magnitude hit Bali, Lombok and neighbouring islands, causing giant waves to almost capsize their boat.

"We cried. It was all very stressful". "If the hotel closes, some of the staff will leave: so all the people who rent housing to my staff will lose business".

The natural disaster came a week after another quake on Lombok killed 16 people.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Wednesday more than 156,003 refugees had been created by the quake, a day after admitting assistance had not reached all because of road closures, and markets and shops standing empty.

Nugroho said the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue crews reach more affected areas.

He was hosting a welcoming dinner for his regional counterparts and their delegations from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Myanmar when the quake struck. On July 29, a another quake left 16 people dead. "We ran out into the street and a friend and I stood in the parking area hanging on to a parked vehicle which was also swaying severely", said retiree Deborah Storck, who was about to eat dinner at a restaurant on Lombok's west coast when the quake hit. We are all frustrated to live like this - in a tent without certainty.

There have reportedly been 130 aftershocks since Sunday's quake. "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview. She said the power went out and her daughter couldn't use one of her medication pumps, but the family is doing OK and a generator brought the power back on. "One man at the hotel, for example, cooked food for everyone on the island", she said.

Montgomery-Lay said they have reached out to the Canadian Consulate, but were told there was nothing officials could do to help them yet. The warning was lifted after only small waves were recorded.

"There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated", he added.

The quake, which occurred on Sunday in Lombok, an island off the coast of Indonesia, has caused the deaths of at least 105 people and destroyed thousands of buildings‚ just days after another fatal tremor through the island claimed the lives of 17 people.

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"There are only a few tourists left here".

"Bali. Trembling. So long", Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers. "We just want to get off Lombok".

"I thought 'Why are they leaving me behind?' But I couldn't blame them because they were trying to save themselves", he said.

No aid had arrived after the more severe quake on Sunday night, he said, because of difficulty accessing the remote location.

"Canada stands with the people of Indonesia during this hard time. The Department is in contact with the South African Embassy in Jakarta‚ Indonesia‚ in order to provide consular assistance to the South African citizens should it be required".

"We encourage Canadians in Indonesia to contact their family and friends". "Many of us screamed hysterically".

Indonesian authorities estimated at least 2700 people had been evacuated from the Gili islands since Monday.

Lombok's airport was now open around the clock and had significantly increased its flight schedule.

Some Australian tourists caught a ferry to Bali.

"One of the local guys was telling us all to get out of the rooms".

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