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Jakarta Post

Help on the way for W. Nusa Tenggara after powerful earthquake

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 29, 2018   /   03:46 pm
Help on the way for W. Nusa Tenggara after powerful earthquake A resident sits in front of her damaged house on July 29 after a powerful earthquake rocked her village in Sembalun, East Lombok regency in West Nusa Tenggara. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

The Social Affairs Ministry has deployed 60 young volunteers under Taruna Siaga Bencana, a team offering psychosocial support and supplies following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday morning.

"Help is on the way," the Social Affairs Ministry's social security and protection director general, Harry Hikmat, said in a statement on Sunday. "We're trying to distribute the aid as quickly as possible to the victims."

The supplies include mattresses, tents, items specific for children and the elderly, as well as instant food.

"Communal kitchens will be built in the shelters," he added. "We will give updates soon."

As of Sunday afternoon, the earthquake was reported to have left 10 dead, 40 injured and at least 300 damaged homes.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the 6.4- magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, Bali and Sumbawa on Sunday at 6:47 a.m. local time. By 1 p.m.,  the agency had recorded 104 aftershocks, with the largest measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami. (stu)