KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia No Malaysians have been affected by the second deadly earthquake and aftershocks that struck Indonesia’s island of Lombok on Sunday and Monday killing 80 people, just a week after the first quake that killed 17 people including a Malaysian.

MERCY Malaysia exco member and team leader for the Lombok earthquake response, Norazam Ab Samah said he had not come across any Malaysians in distress so far.

No Malaysians, I haven’t met any yet in North Lombok.

But tremors are felt every now and then, on Monday night when I arrived in Lombok, we (Mercy Malaysia team) felt the aftershock with the magnitude of 5.4, he said in a statement issued by Mercy Malaysia here today.

Norazam, who had arrived in Desa Pemenang, North Lombok with Mercy Malaysia’s second team to Lombok said the situation after the major earthquake was a sorry sight.

People were just camping out in the open, sleeping under makeshift tents of tarpaulins and children, senior citizens were sleeping on the cold hard ground, he added.

Lombok suffered a series of earthquakes and aftershocks, with the first one on July 29, 2018 with a magnitude of 6.4 and a second major one that took place on Aug 5, 2018 with a magnitude of 7.

Both earthquakes so far had resulted in 97 deaths, 365 injuries and 8,871 people displaced.

Norazam said the worst affected areas were in Desa Pemenang, Desa Tembobor and North Lombok’s capital, Kota Tanjung.

He also said that tourists were taking shelter at the airport waiting for their flight out of the island and many had also left in fear of their lives.

Many homes have been wrecked, leaving many people displaced, and will not have homes to return anytime soon, he said, adding that MERCY Malaysia hoped to be able to provide immediate humanitarian assistance in the form of temporary shelter, hygiene kits and blankets.

It gets quite cold in the night as Lombok is a hilly zone. Many children and babies were crying at night because of the changes in temperature.

Luckily, many families left their homes in a hurry when the ground started shaking, which is a good thing as most of the deaths were caused by falling parts of buildings, he added.

MERCY Malaysia has established a tax-exempted fund-raising campaign to raise funds, in aid of affected communities in Lombok and the donation can be made to the MERCY Humanitarian Fund (MBB 5621 7950 4126) or on Mercy’s website, www.mercy.org.my .

Source: NAM News Network

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