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Jakarta Post

Baby born in Lombok shelter following earthquake

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 31, 2018   /   05:55 pm
Baby born in Lombok shelter following earthquake An Indonesian man examines the remains of houses, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok on July 29. At least 16 people were killed in the incident. (AFP/Aulia Ahmad)

A baby was safely delivered at an emergency shelter in Sembalun district, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, two days after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the region, while another four babies are on the way.

"One woman has delivered a healthy baby, while another four women are still in different stages of labor," the shelter’s midwife, Dwi Maida Suparina, said on Tuesday morning as quoted by

She added that the five pregnant women had been taken to the shelter because the emergency room at the Sembalun community health center (Puskesmas) had collapsed during Sunday’s earthquake.

Frequent aftershocks prevented residents from using the Puskesmas.

The women are being treated and supervised by doctors from Mataram Public Hospital.

One of the doctors, Anita Rahman, said the mothers-to-be may soon be transferred to a hospital following their delivery.  

Sixteen people were killed in Sunday’s earthquake on Lombok, with another 355 injured. An estimated 1,450 houses were destroyed and 5,141 people displaced. (stu/swd)