MATARAM, Lombok (BPN) – The death toll due to the 7-magnitude earthquake in Lombok-NTB, Sumbawa and Bali has climbed to 98. Beside the death toll, the data collected by BNPB (the National Disaster Mitigation Agency) recorded 236 people were injured. It is estimated that the number of victims and damages from the quake will continue to increase since the search and rescue team (SAR) is yet to reach all affected areas.
“Most of the death tolls are in North Lombok Regency, with 72 people killed, then 16 in West Lombok, four in Mataram City, two in East Lombok, two in Central Lombok, and two in Denpasar City, Bali,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of BNPB Information and Public Relations Center in a press release on Monday.
“Most of the victims died from collapsed buildings. All dead victims are Indonesian citizens. There have been no reports of tourists who have been victims of the earthquake,” Sutopo continued.
Sutopo explained, in addition to causing casualties and injuries, the earthquake also damaged houses with thousands of refugees in various locations. Aid also cannot yet be distributed evenly because of the limited logistics available, and refugees are also spreading in various locations which complicate the aid distribution, especially in North Lombok.
“People and tourists in NTB and Bali are urged to remain calm and increase their awareness. Don’t be lured into misleading information,” Sutopo closed.