Rescuers struggle to reach cut-off villages after deadly Indonesia quake

Prime News, International, Pemenang (Indonesia), August 7:- Indonesian rescue workers and military personnel resumed their search for survivors and evacuated more victims on the tourist island of Lombok on Tuesday, two days after a major earthquake killed dozens, destroyed villages and stranded thousands.

The death toll since the 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday has reached 105, including two on the neighbouring island of Bali, and officials expect it to rise.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter rescuers were combing through rubble in their search for survivors.

In a separate statement, BNPB said rescue efforts faced difficulties in the worst-hit area of northern Lombok but provided few details. Nugroho told a news briefing on Monday some areas there were cut off after bridges collapsed. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)



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