Death toll rises to 91 after earthquake struck Indonesia


Mataram, Indonesia: The death toll rose to 91 after a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesia tourist island Lombok and Bali Island on Sunday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by, struck the island at a depth of 10.5 kilometers (6 miles) in the northern part of Lombok.

Indonesian security forces and emergency workers raced to rescue the victims who suffered in the collapse.

“The search and rescue team is still scouring the scene and evacuating (people),” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

“We estimate the number of victims will rise”, he added.

Thousands of homes, offices, several departments, shopping malls were damaged and most people were killed by the collapse.

Notably, the earthquake had struck the island last week whose magnitude was recorded at 6.4-magnitude quake. The tragedy left at least 17 people dead, damaged hundreds of buildings and triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.


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