People are still shaken and distressed by the magnitude 6.9 quake which struck on Sunday. At this stage no tourists have been reported amongst the dead . Many people in Lombok are sleeping outdoors due to fear of another strong earthquake. The mood on the ground in Lombok is very somber.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said it expected the death toll to rise once the rubble of more than 13,000 destroyed houses was cleared.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated their travel advice to Indonesia last night.
They advise against all but essential travel to the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air),
Following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the region on 5 August, there is a risk of aftershocks, which could cause further damage to buildings and pose risks to safety.
In the event of serious injury, access to immediate medical assistance on the islands is extremely limited. The Indonesian authorities are working to assist people to leave the Gili Islands via boat to Lombok should they wish to do so.”
Around 4,600 tourists have now been evacuated from the Gili islands, with hundreds crowding onto the beaches as they await transportation.
FCO advises: “You should keep your travel plans under close review and seek the advice of your transport and accommodation providers before traveling, and ensure that you have contingency plans and travel insurance in place.”
How Are flights affected?
The airports on both Lombok and Bali are open and operational. AirAsia is also offering recovery options for tourists between 6 August and 10 August.
Travelers will be able to change their flight free of charge to travel up to 14 days later.
Jetstar has also confirmed that flights are still traveling to Bali, but passengers wanting to change their flights would incur a fee.
Long queues are forming at the airports as visitors cut their holiday short.
Most of the casualties from the quakes are a result of falling rubble. Twenty thousand people are now in temporary accommodation.
The quake struck the island of Lombok on Sunday at 6.47am local time (2347 BST) and its epicenter was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000.
The official death toll at this stage is listed as 98 people but is expected to rise once authorities have cleared rubble away from broken homes and buildings. .