Jakarta, Monday, 6th August 11:00 AM (WIB) – Additional news is coming in relating to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the island of Lombok yesterday, causing tremors that were also felt in neighbouring Bali.
Current reports confirm at least 91 casualties and more than 200 people seriously injured, with the numbers expected to rise as rescue operations progress. Some additional aftershocks have been felt in both islands, which have hampered the ongoing damage assessment currently being conducted by government officials. Despite the damage to certain buildings and infrastructure caused by the earthquakes, airports in Bali and Lombok are working normally, with inbound and outbound flight schedules as yet unaffected.
According to a press conference held today by disaster relief body BNPB, all of the 91 confirmed casualties were Indonesian, with the highest number of fatalities in North Lombok. No tourists were among the dead on the Gili islands, where an evacuation is currently in operation, involving government boats and helicopters taking holidaymakers from the popular holiday location to the nearby main island of Lombok. Panorama Destination has stationed members of staff at the island’s airport, Gili Trawangan, and Bangsal (the main harbour), to help with evacuation efforts and provide support to travellers in Lombok at this difficult time.
Panorama Destination will continue to update these pages with the latest news as soon as it becomes available. In case of emergency, you can contact our representatives in Bali and Lombok directly for more information. See below for details.