The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian authorities are embarking on a mission to rescue people trapped in a collapsed mosque in North Lombok regency after Sunday evening’s powerful earthquake.
They were busy with isha (evening) prayers when the quake hit.
The authorities have yet to confirm whether they were dead or alive.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement that on Monday at 3 p.m. heavy equipment had arrived in Lading-lading village, Tanjung district, West Nusa Tenggara.
Alat berat sudah datang untuk melakukan evakuasi korban jamaah sholat Isya yang tertimpa masjid roboh di desa Lading-lading, Kec Tanjung Kab Lombok Utara. Korban sedang sholat tiba-tiba atap masjid roboh diguncang gempa 7 sr di Lombok Utara. pic.twitter.com/Goh9LbN8Me— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) August 6, 2018
At 7 p.m. Jakarta time, the National Search and Rescue Agency reported that two people have been rescued. It said a third person, who was still trapped, would likely be freed on Tuesday.
Tim SAR saat mencoba evakuasi satu orang korban tertimbun reruntuhan masjid di Lading lading Nis. Korban ada 3, yg sdh dievakuasi 2 org. Saat ini proses evakuasi dihentikan sementra dn akn dilanjutkan besok hari pic.twitter.com/dtJEMkysoU— Humas basarnas (@humas_basarnas) August 6, 2018
The North Lombok regency suffered 72 fatalities, most of whom were killed by collapsing buildings. The tremor was also felt in neighboring Bali, which recorded two fatalities. As of Monday evening, the BNPB recorded 98 deaths. About 236 people were injured while thousands have sought shelter. (evi)