Woman pulled alive from collapsed building 2 days after Lombok quake

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Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an quake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless villagers waited for aid on Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels.

The U.S. Geological Survey clocked the quake as a magnitude 6.9, just shy of the magnitude registered by the Indonesian authorities.

He and his family had briefly returned to their homes, he said, to claim the food and water they could but that was now running out.

Sahril, who uses one name, said he escaped his collapsing house in North Lombok with his immediate family, but his older brother is buried in his flattened home in the village of Cubek.

"We don't know for sure how many people are alive under the rubble", BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters.

Aid organisations, already on Lombok after it was hit a week earlier by a 6.4 quake that killed 16 people, said they were stepping up their humanitarian efforts.

Rescuers on Indonesia's quake-hit island of Lombok dug through the rubble of a mosque on Wednesday (Aug 8), hoping to reach the aunt of a sprinter who became a national hero last month at the under-20 world championships in Finland.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire, " an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean Basin.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami". Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

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

Local authorities, worldwide relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which was hardest hit. It's hard for help to reach them.

Aid agency Oxfam said it was providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelters to 5,000 survivors, but the needs were much greater.

Food, medical supplies, tarps and clothes werre also urgently needed, it said.

They are located in the Lombok Strait, northwest of Lombok in Indonesia. Four hours later they pulled out alive Nadia Revanale, 23.

"First we used our hands to clear the debris, then hammers, chisels and machines to slowly remove the pieces", Marcos Eric, a volunteer rescue worker from a mining company, told Reuters after an ambulance had taken the woman away. People ran to the street and a large field outside the mosque.

"We are looking for access". One Gili Air hotelier meant to reopen as soon as power returned: crews from Indonesia's state electricity company are already on the island.

After sleeping on the beach, the couple joined thousands of other tourists packed on to the island's beaches waiting to be evacuated.

Days after a powerful natural disaster rocked Indonesia's resort island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people and sending thousands of tourists fleeing, its beach strip stands eerily empty, with shops and hotels shuttered.



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