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'The whole room started to shake': Couple tell of Indonesia quake terror

'The whole room started to shake': Couple tell of Indonesia quake terror

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 quake killed dozens, destroyed villages and stranded thousands.

The white-robed Islamic leader was preaching on Sunday night at a mosque in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude quake struck.

Mr Riduan, a 45-year-old man whose house was partially destroyed, said he had bought food himself.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said he hopes "a lot" of people can be saved from the mosque.

Six days earlier, a 6.4-magnitude quake killed 16 people and weakened many structures.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel work on a collapsed mosque Monday in Pemenang, North Lombok.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

"We actually missed the first boat, but lucky enough, we were one of the last people they put onto the second boat", Montgomery-Lay told CTV News Channel.

Save the Children and its local partner Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik flagged grave concerns for the thousands of people living in makeshift shelters in remote villages.

There has been little government relief for the area, where the greatest need is for water and food.

Some roads are blocked or hard to navigate making it challenging to reach all of the communities in need of assistance. "It becomes apparent that they don't have the infrastructure to handle this kind of thing, so perhaps people will evaluate that in the future". The excavator arrived about 60 hours after the quake hit on Sunday evening, when many mosques were filled with people attending evening prayers.

Oxfam said more than 20,000 people were in temporary shelters and thousands more were camping out in the open.

Food, medical supplies, tarps and clothes werre also urgently needed, it said. "Clean drinking water is scarce due to the extremely dry weather".

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"And I think it probably revived more quickly than people thought", he said.

"We are looking for access".

They used hacksaws to cut a square into concrete wall.

But with not enough boats to evacuate tourists quickly and too few planes to fly them out of Lombok, many visitors were forced to wait for hours or camp on beaches and the floor of the global airport in Mataram.

A total of 8381 tourists, locals and workers of hotels and resorts on the three Gili islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno - had been evacuated as of late afternoon on Tuesday, BNPB said.

A man looks on around the buildings damaged by an natural disaster at Pamenang village, in North Lombok.

"The experiences that we've had have really let us look at our personal tragedy at home with a very different perspective". About 2,700 had left, but several thousand more tourists and hotel employees are waiting to leave, he said.

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